Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.@James 1:19
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Asa B. Everett (1828-1875)

Susan H. Peterson, 1998 (public domain).

Footprints of Jesus Asa B. Everett, in The Amaranth, by Atticus G. Haygood & Rigdon M. McIntosh (Nashville, Tennessee: 1871) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Susan H. Peterson (1950-2004)

Everyone should be quick to listen—hear now and heed—
Slow to speak, also slow to anger in word and deed.
Anger does not yield a life praised by the Lord,
So get rid of all sin and humbly accept God’s Word.

If you listen, but do not practice, you’ll go astray,
Like a man who looks in a mirror, then goes away.
You must keep looking; God’s Word will set you free.
Don’t forget what you’ve heard, but do it, and blessed you’ll be.

If you think you’re a model Christian, yet speak too free,
If your tongue has no rein, faith’s worthless; you’ve been deceived.
Here’s faith the Father accepts as pure and true:
Help the needy, keep from defilement in all you do.