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James 1:21-25

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1:21 So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly 1  welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. 1:22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. 1:23 For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone 2  who gazes at his own face 3  in a mirror. 1:24 For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets 4  what sort of person he was. 1:25 But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, 5  and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he 6  will be blessed in what he does. 7 

1 tn Or “with meekness.”

2 tn The word for “man” or “individual” is ἀνήρ (anhr), which often means “male” or “man (as opposed to woman).” However, as BDAG 79 s.v. 2 says, here it is “equivalent to τὶς someone, a person.”

3 tn Grk “the face of his beginning [or origin].”

4 tn Grk “and he has gone out and immediately has forgotten.”

5 tn Grk “continues.”

6 tn Grk “this one.”

7 tn Grk “in his doing.”



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