James 1 (New American Standard)

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Testing Your Faith

1 a1James, a 2bond-servant of God and 3of the Lord Jesus Christ, To 4the twelve tribes who are b5dispersed abroad: 6Greetings. 2 7Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter 8various ctrials, 3 knowing that 9the testing of your 10faith produces d11endurance. 4 And let e12endurance have its perfect fresult, so that you may be g13perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you 14lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and hwithout reproach, and 15it will be given to him. 6 But he must 16ask in faith 17without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, 18driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a i19double-minded man, 20unstable in all his ways. 9 21But the jbrother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because 22like kflowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with l23a scorching wind and 24withers 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 25Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has mbeen approved, he will receive 26the crown of life which the Lord 27has promised to those who 28love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "29I am being tempted nby God "; for God cannot be tempted oby 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 30when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when 31sin pis accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 32Do not be qdeceived, 33my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is 34from above, coming down from 35the Father of lights, 36with whom there is no variation or rshifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of 37His will He 38brought us forth by 39the word of truth, so that we would be sa kind of 40first fruits tamong His creatures. 19 uThis 41you know, 42my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, 43slow to speak and 44slow to anger; 20 for 45the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, 46putting aside all filthiness and all vthat remains of wickedness, in whumility receive 47the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 48But 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 xnatural face 49in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, yhe has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, 50the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but zan effectual doer, this man will be 51blessed in aawhat he does. 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bb52bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion 53in the sight of our God and Father is this: to 54visit 55orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained ccby 56the world.
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