19 [a]This (A)you know, (B)my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, (C)slow to speak and (D)slow to anger; 20 for (E)the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, (F)putting aside all filthiness and all [b]that remains of wickedness, in [c]humility receive (G)the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 (H)But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [d]natural face (I)in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [e]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, (J)the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [f]an effectual doer, this man will be (K)blessed in [g]what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [h](L)bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion (M)in the sight of our God and Father is this: to (N)visit (O)orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [i]by (P)the world.

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  1. James 1:19 Or Know this
  2. James 1:21 Lit abundance of malice
  3. James 1:21 Or gentleness
  4. James 1:23 Lit the face of his birth; or nature
  5. James 1:24 Lit and he
  6. James 1:25 Lit a doer of a work
  7. James 1:25 Lit his doing
  8. James 1:26 Or control
  9. James 1:27 Lit from