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James 1:19-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20 for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil,[a] humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.[b]

22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face[c] in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone[d] thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, then his religion is useless and he deceives himself. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before our[e] God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Footnotes:

  1. James 1:21 Lit evil excess
  2. James 1:21 Lit save your souls
  3. James 1:23 Lit at the face of his birth
  4. James 1:26 Other mss add among you
  5. James 1:27 Or before the

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