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Wisdom from Above

13 If you consider yourself to be wise and one who understands the ways of God, advertise it with a beautiful, fruitful[a] life guided by wisdom’s gentleness. Never brag or boast about what you’ve done and you’ll prove that you’re truly wise. 14 But if there is bitter jealousy or competition hiding in your heart, then don’t deny it and try to compensate for it by boasting and being phony. 15 For that has nothing to do with God’s heavenly wisdom but can best be described as the wisdom of this world, both selfish[b] and devilish.[c] 16 So wherever jealousy[d] and selfishness are uncovered, you will also find many troubles[e] and every kind of meanness.

17 But the wisdom from above is always pure,[f] filled with peace, considerate and teachable.[g] It is filled with love[h] and never displays prejudice or hypocrisy[i] in any form 18 and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness! Good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace.

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  1. 3:13 As translated from the Aramaic.
  2. 3:15 Or “unspiritual.”
  3. 3:15 Or “behaves like a demon.”
  4. 3:16 The Greek word for jealousy implies an obsession to promote one’s self at the expense of others.
  5. 3:16 The Aramaic can be translated “chaos.” The Greek can be translated “instability” or “disorder.”
  6. 3:17 Or “holy.”
  7. 3:17 A beautiful concept that means “easy to correct” or “ready to be convinced” or “willing to yield to others.” Is this true of your life?
  8. 3:17 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “mercy.”
  9. 3:17 Or “never wears a mask.”

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