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James, Chapter 1 (General Epistles)


1James,[1]{1} a slave of God{2} and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes{3} dispersed:[2]{4}


Temptations and Patience

2Count it all joy, my brothers,[3] when you fall into various temptations,[4]{6} 3knowing that the proving of your faith{7} builds[5] patience.{8} 4And let patience build[6] to completion,[7] that you may be perfect and complete,[8]{9} having lacked in nothing.

5But if any of you lacks wisdom,{10} let him ask from God,{11} who gives to all generously[9] and without reproach,[10] and it will be given to him.{12} 6But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing.{13} He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, being driven by wind and tossed.{14} 7For let not that man suppose he will receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a man is double-minded,[11]{15} undependable in all his ways.{16}

9But let the humble brother[12] boast in his height; 10and let the rich one boast in his humiliation,{17} because he will pass away like a grass flower,[13]{18} 11for the sun rose with a hot wind[14] and dried the grass, and its flower fell off,{19} and the beauty of its appearance perished; so also the rich one in his ways[15] will fade away.

12Blessed is the man who endures temptation,[16]{20} because having become approved[17] he will receive the crown of life,{21} which the Lord promised to those loving Him.{22} 13Let no one being tempted say, “God is tempting me,”[18] for God is not tempted by evils,[19] and He tempts no one. 14But each person is tempted by their own lusts being drawn out and seduced;{23} 15then lust having been conceived produces sin;{24} and sin being fully formed[20] brings forth death.{25}

16Do not go astray,[21]{26} my beloved brothers.{27} 17Every good gift[22] and every perfect gift is from above,{28} coming down from the Father of lights,{29} with whom there is no variation or shifting[23] shadow.{30}[24] 18Having purpose, He brought us forth by a word of truth,{31} so that we would be a certain first-fruit of His creatures.{32}

Hearing and Doing the Word

19So then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath;{33} 20for man’s wrath{34} does not produce[25] God’s righteousness. 21Therefore, put away all filthiness and overflowing of evil.[26]{35} Receive the implanted word in meekness,[27] which is[28] able to save your souls.{36}

22And become doers of the word, and not only hearers, deceiving yourselves.{37} 23Because if anyone is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, this one is like a man looking at his natural face[29] in a mirror.{38} 24For he looked at himself[30] and has gone away, and immediately forgot what sort of man he was.[31] 25But having looked into the perfect law of freedom,{39} and continuing, this one becomes not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of work; this one will be blessed in his doing.{40}

26If anyone among you thinks he is religious, yet does not bridle[32] his tongue, but deceives his heart, this one’s religion is vain.[33] 27Clean and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: To visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted[34] from the world.


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