James 1:2-18 NIV

Trials and Temptations

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,1

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3 because you know that the testing of your faith2 develops perseverance.3

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4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature4 and complete, not lacking anything.

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5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,5 who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.6

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6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt,7 because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

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7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man,8 unstable9 in all he does.

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9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.10

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10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.11

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11 For the sun rises with scorching heat12 and withers13 the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed.14 In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

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12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,15 because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life16 that God has promised to those who love him.17

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13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
14 but each one is tempted when, by his own18 evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

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15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;19 and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.20

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16 Don't be deceived,21 my dear brothers.22

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      17 Every good and perfect gift is from above,23 coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,24 who does not change25 like shifting shadows.

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      18 He chose to give us birth26 through the word of truth,27 that we might be a kind of firstfruits28 of all he created.

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