18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [a]a kind of first fruits [b]among His creatures.
19 [c]Thisyou know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak andslow to anger;20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all[d]that remains of wickedness, in [e]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.22 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 [f]natural face in a mirror;24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [g]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [h]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [i]what he does.
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [j]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [k]by the world.
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