James 1

Testing Your Faith

1
Or Jacob
,
b  James, a c  bond-servant of God and d  of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To e  the twelve tribes who are
Lit in the Dispersion
,
g  dispersed abroad: h  Greetings.

2 i  Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter j  various
Or temptations
trials,
3knowing that l  the testing of your m  faith produces
Or steadfastness
,
o  endurance.
4And let
V 3, note 1
,
q  endurance have its perfect
Lit work
result, so that you may be
Or mature
,
t  perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

5But if any of you u  lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and
Lit does not reproach
without reproach, and w  it will be given to him.
6But he must x  ask in faith y  without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, z  driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8being a
Or doubting, hesitating
,
ab  double-minded man ac  unstable in all his ways.

9 ad  But the
I.e. church member
brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;
10and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because af  like
Lit the flower of the grass
flowering grass he will pass away.
11For the sun rises with
Lit the
,
ai  a scorching wind and aj  withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

12 ak  Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has
Or passed the test
been approved, he will receive am  the crown of life which the Lord an  has promised to those who ao  love Him.
13Let no one say when he is tempted ap  I am being tempted
Lit from
by God”; for God cannot be tempted
Lit of evil things
by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
14But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15Then as  when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when at  sin
Lit is brought to completion
is accomplished, it brings forth death.
16 av  Do not be
Or misled
deceived ax  my beloved brethren.
17Every good thing given and every perfect gift is ay  from above, coming down from az  the Father of lights ba  with whom there is no variation or
Lit shadow of turning
shifting shadow.
18In the exercise of bc  His will He bd  brought us forth by be  the word of truth, so that we would be
Or a certain first fruits
a kind of bg  first fruits
Lit of
among His creatures.

19
Or Know this
This bj  you know bk  my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear bl  slow to speak and bm  slow to anger;
20for bn  the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21Therefore bo  putting aside all filthiness and all
Lit abundance of malice
that remains of wickedness, in
Or gentleness
humility receive br  the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
22 bs  But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his
Lit the face of his birth; or nature
natural face bu  in a mirror;
24for once he has looked at himself and gone away,
Lit and he
he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
25But one who looks intently at the perfect law bw  the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but
Lit a doer of a work
an effectual doer, this man will be by  blessed in
Lit his doing
what he does.

26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not
Or control
,
cb  bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
27Pure and undefiled religion cc  in the sight of our God and Father is this: to cd  visit ce  orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained
Lit from
by cg  the world.
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