James 1:19-27 Young's Literal Translation

(19) So then, my brethren beloved, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, (20) for the wrath of a man the righteousness of God doth not work; (21) wherefore having put aside all filthiness and superabundance of evil, in meekness be receiving the engrafted word, that is able to save your souls; (22) and become ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves, (23) because, if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one hath been like to a man viewing his natural face in a mirror, (24) for he did view himself, and hath gone away, and immediately he did forget of what kind he was; (25) and he who did look into the perfect law--that of liberty, and did continue there, this one--not a forgetful hearer becoming, but a doer of work--this one shall be happy in his doing. (26) If any one doth think to be religious among you, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, of this one vain is the religion; (27) religion pure and undefiled with the God and Father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation--unspotted to keep himself from the world.


James 1:19-27 Bible in Basic English

(19) You have knowledge of this, dear brothers. But let every man be quick in hearing, slow in words, slow to get angry; (20) For the righteousness of God does not come about by the wrath of man. (21) For this reason, putting away all dirty behaviour and the overweight of evil, take into your souls without pride the word which, being planted there, is able to give you salvation. (22) But be doers of the word, and not only hearers of it, blinding yourselves with false ideas. (23) Because if any man is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a glass; (24) For after looking at himself he goes away, and in a short time he has no memory of what he was like. (25) But he who goes on looking into the true law which makes him free, being not a hearer without memory but a doer putting it into effect, this man will have a blessing on his acts. (26) If a man seems to have religion and has no control over his tongue but lets himself be tricked by what is false, this man's religion is of no value. (27) The religion which is holy and free from evil in the eyes of our God and Father is this: to take care of children who have no fathers and of widows who are in trouble, and to keep oneself untouched by the world.

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