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.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:19
    In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
    Proverbs 17:27
    He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 14:17
    A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated.
    Proverbs 16:32
    He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
    Ecclesiastes 7:9
    Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
  3. Cross References
    Colossians 3:8
    But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 13:26
    Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 7:21 - 28
    Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
    Luke 6:46 - 49
    But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?
    Romans 2:13
    (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified.
    James 1:22 - 25
    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
    James 2:14 - 20
    What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
  6. Cross References
    Luke 6:47
    Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
  7. Cross References
    John 8:32
    "And you shall know the truth, and the truth sh...
    Romans 8:2
    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jes...
    2 Corinthians 3:17
    Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spiri...
    Galatians 2:4
    And this occurred because of false brethren sec...
    Galatians 6:2
    Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the ...
    James 2:12
    So speak and so do as those who will be judged ...
    1 Peter 2:16
    As free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for v...
  8. Cross References
    John 13:17
    If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 34:13
    Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 25:34 - 36
    Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:17
    Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
  12. Cross References
    Romans 12:2
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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