The Bible in Its Traditions

James 1:22–27

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22  But become doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

22  So be doers of the Word, and not listeners only, deceiving yourselves.

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23  Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this [one] is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

23  For if anyone is a listener of the Word, but not also a doer, he is comparable to a man gazing into a mirror upon the face that he was born with;

23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man who sees his face in a mirror;

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24  for he observed himself and has gone away, and immediately forgot what sort of [man] he was.

24  and after considering himself, he went away and promptly forgot what he had seen.

24  For he sees himself and goes his way, and forgets how he looked.

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25  But the [one] who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues [in it], and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one shall be blessed in what he does.

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26  If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceiving his heart, the religion of this [man ]is useless.

26  But if anyone considers himself to be religious, but he does not restrain his tongue, but instead seduces his own heart: such a one’s religion is vanity.

26  If any man thinks that he ministers to God, and does not control his tongue, he deceives his own heart, and this manÆs ministry is in vain.

27  Pure and undefiled religion before God and [the] Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

27  This is religion, clean and undefiled before God the Father: to visit orphans and widows in their tribulations, and to keep yourself immaculate, apart from this age.

27  For a pure and holy ministry before God, the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.