2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
References for James 1:2
    • a 1:2 - Greek brothers; also in 1:16, 19 .
      3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
      4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
      5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
      6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
      7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
      8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
      9 Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them.
      References for James 1:9
        • b 1:9 - Greek The brother who is.
          10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field.
          11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
          12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
          13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
          References for James 1:13
            • c 1:13 - Or God should not be put to a test by evil people.
              14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.
              15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
              16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.
              17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
              References for James 1:17
                • d 1:17 - Greek from above, from the Father of lights.
                • e 1:17 - Some manuscripts read He never changes, as a shifting shadow does.
                  18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
                  References for James 1:18
                    • f 1:18 - Greek we became a kind of firstfruit of his creatures.