James 1

Testing Your Faith

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.

i Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter j various
Or temptations
knowing that l the testing of your m faith produces
Or steadfastness
o endurance.
And 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.

But 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.
But 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. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a
Or doubting, hesitating
ab double-minded man ac unstable in all his ways.

ad But the
I.e. church member
brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;
10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because af like
Lit the flower of the grass
flowering grass he will pass away.
11 For 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.
13 Let 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.
14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then 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.
17 Every 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.
18 In 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.

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;
20 for bn the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore 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. 23 For 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;
24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away,
Lit and he
he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
25 But 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.

26 If 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.
27 Pure 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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