Hearing and Doing the Word

James 1

19 1 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, u slow to speak, v slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore w lay aside all filthiness and 2 overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, x which is able to save your souls.

22 But y be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For z if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But a he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, b this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone 3 among you thinks he is religious, and c does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. 27 d Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: e to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, f and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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