12 Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles
[conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that
[a]for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers,
yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God
[b]in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].
13 Submit yourselves to the authority of every human institution
for the sakeof the Lord to honor His name,
whether it is to a king as one in a position of power,
14 or to governors as sent by him to bring punishment to those who do wrong,
and to praise and encourage those who do right.
15 For it is the will of God that by doing right you may silence (muzzle, gag)
the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people.
16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover or
pretext for evil, but [use it and live] as bond-servants of God.
3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient,
to be ready for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle,
and to show every courtesy to everyone.
3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray,
slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days
in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 4:6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
6 But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
5 Examine and test and evaluat
and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves
Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”