James 1:1-11 ESV


1 1James, a servanta of God and 2of the Lord Jesus Christ, To 3the twelve tribes in 4the Dispersion: Greetings.

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    • a 1:1 - Or slave; Greek bondservant

      Testing of Your Faith

      2 5Count it all joy, my brothers,b when you meet trials 6of various kinds,

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        • b 1:2 - Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated "brothers") refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God's family, the church; also verses 16, 19
          3 for you know that 7the testing of your faith 8produces steadfastness.

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          4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be 9perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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          5 10If any of you lacks wisdom, 11let him ask God, 12who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

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          6 But 13let him ask in faith, 14with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like 15a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

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          7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
          8 16he is a double-minded man, 17unstable in all his ways.

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          9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
          10 and 18the rich in his humiliation, because 19like a flower of the grassc he will pass away.

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          11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and 20withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

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