Main point summary
Those who receive the word, are eternally saved and temporally freed to not only hear the word, but also to obey it in justice, mercy and moral purity.
g Know this, my beloved brothers:
Brothers, I love you so much. So it is imperative that you know this.
let every person h be quick to hear,
That is , every one of you must be make sure that you hear first,
i slow to speak,
and speak second,
j slow to anger;
and that you are always are slow to become angry.
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Lest your anger be all about you rather than all about God and his glory and his righteousness.
Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
Therefore , do not immerse yourself in all the various kinds of evil that so easily attach themselves to you.
and receive with l meekness the implanted word,
But , instead, receive the word of God. Let it be implanted in you and do so humbly and submissively,
m which is able to save your souls.
since the word of God is the one thing that is able to save your souls...
But be n doers of the word,
In other words , be someone who hears the word of God and puts it into practice.
and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Do not be someone who just hears it... Those people are actually deceiving themselves...
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
Let me tell you what someone who only hears the word but doesn't do the word is like . Do not be this kind of person...
he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
That kind of person is like a man who who knows what he looks like while he is looking at himself in the mirror
For he looks at himself and goes away
Then after he has seen himself and understood himself he walks away
and at once forgets what he was like.
and immediately has no idea about his true spiritual condition.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres,
But , instead, you want to be the kind of person who looks into the law of God and discovers its power to free you - and empowered by God you persevere.
being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,
That is , you're not someone who just hears the word and it has no impact on your life. But you are someone who does it and acts on what you know.
p he will be blessed in his doing.
The result will be blessing in everything you do!
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue
For example, this would be like if someone thought he was religious but refused to honor God with his language
but deceives his heart,
( in other words he is completely deceiving himself)
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his religion is meaningless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
On the other hand , religion that is not worthless - religion that is pure before God is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
that is , the one who cares for the weak and vulnerable in our society
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and who maintains separation and purity in the midst of the temptations of the world.