47 Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and [a]acts on them, I will show you whom he is like:48 he is like a man building a house, who [b]dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when there was a flood, the river burst against that house and yet it could not shake it, because it had been well built.49 But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation; and the river burst against it and it immediately collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and [a]acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain fell and the [b]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not [c]act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain fell and the [d]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and its collapse was great.”
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [a]natural face in a mirror;24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [b]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.25 But one who has looked intently at the perfect law, the law of freedom, and has continued in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [c]an active doer, this person will be blessed in [d]what he does.
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, yet does not [e]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless.27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [f]by the world.
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