Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.