1James, a servant of Godand of the LordJesusChrist, to the twelvetribeswhich are scattered abroad,greeting .
2Mybrethren, count italljoywhen ye fall into diverstemptations;a3Knowing this, that the trying of yourfaithworkethpatience.4Butletpatiencehave her perfectwork,that ye may beperfectandentire,wantingnothing .
5Ifany of youlackwisdom, let him askofGod, that giveth to all men liberally,andupbraidethnot;and it shall be givenhim.6But let him askinfaith,nothingwavering . For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the windandtossed .
7Forletnotthatmanthinkthat he shall receive any thingof the Lord.8
A double mindedman is unstableinallhisways.9Let the brother of low degreerejoicebin that he is exalted:10But the rich,in that he is made low:becauseas the flower of the grass he shall pass away .
11For the sun is no sooner risenwith a burning heat,but it withereth the grass,and the flowerthereoffalleth , and the grace of the fashion of itperisheth : soalsoshall the rich man fade awayinhisways.12Blessed is the manthatendurethtemptation:for when he is tried , he shall receive the crown of life,which the Lord hath promised to them that lovehim.13Let no mansay when he is tempted , I am temptedofGod:forGod cannot be tempted with evil,cneithertemptethhe any man:14But every man is tempted , when he is drawn awayof his ownlust,andenticed .
15Then when lust hath conceived , it bringeth forthsin:andsin, when it is finished , bringeth forthdeath.16Donoterr , mybelovedbrethren.17Everygoodgiftandeveryperfectgiftis from above, and cometh downfrom the Father of lights,withwhomisnovariableness,neithershadow of turning.18
Of his own will begat heus with the word of truth,thatwe should be a kind of firstfruits of hiscreatures.19Wherefore,mybelovedbrethren,leteverymanbeswifttohear , slowtospeak , slowtowrath:20For the wrath of manworkethnot the righteousness of God.21Wherefore lay apartallfilthinessandsuperfluity of naughtiness, and receivewithmeekness the engraftedword,which is able to saveyoursouls.22But be yedoers of the word,andnothearersonly,deceiving your own selves.23For if anybe a hearer of the word,andnot a doer,he is like unto a manbeholdinghisnaturalfacein a glass:24For he beholdethhimself,and goeth his way , andstraightwayforgetteth what manner of man he was .
25But whoso lookethinto the perfectlaw of liberty,andcontinueth therein, hebeingnot a forgetfulhearer,but a doer of the work, this man shall beblessedinhisdeed.d26
If any manamongyouseem to bereligious, and bridlethnothistongue,butdeceiveth his ownheart, this man'sreligion is vain.27PurereligionandundefiledbeforeGodand the Fatheristhis, To visit the fatherlessandwidowsintheiraffliction, and to keephimselfunspottedfrom the world.