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1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, sends words of love to the twelve tribes of the Jews living in all parts of the earth. 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 Let it be all joy to you, my brothers, when you undergo tests of every sort; 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 Because you have the knowledge that the testing of your faith gives you the power of going on in hope; 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 But let this power have its full effect, so that you may be made complete, needing nothing. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 But if any man among you is without wisdom, let him make his request to God, who gives freely to all without an unkind word, and it will be given to him. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6 Let him make his request in faith, doubting nothing; for he who has doubt in his heart is like the waves of the sea, which are troubled by the driving of the wind. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 Let it not seem to such a man that he will get anything from the Lord; 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 For there is a division in his mind, and he is uncertain in all his ways. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 But let the brother of low position be glad that he is lifted up; 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 But the man of wealth, that he is made low; because like the flower of the grass he will come to his end. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.
11 For when the sun comes up with its burning heat, the grass gets dry and the grace of its form is gone with the falling flower; so the man of wealth comes to nothing in his ways. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.
12 There is a blessing on the man who undergoes testing; because, if he has God's approval, he will be given the crown of life, which the Lord has said he will give to those who have love for him. 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tested, I am tested by God; for it is not possible for God to be tested by evil, and he himself puts no man to such a test: 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 every man is tested when he is turned out of the right way by the attraction of his desire. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Then when its time comes, desire gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is of full growth, gives birth to death. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16 Do not be turned from the right way, dear brothers. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good and true thing is given to us from heaven, coming from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change or any shade made by turning. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
18 Of his purpose he gave us being, by his true word, so that we might be, in a sense, the first-fruits of all the things which he had made. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
19 You have knowledge of this, dear brothers. But let every man be quick in hearing, slow in words, slow to get angry; 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20 For the righteousness of God does not come about by the wrath of man. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 For this reason, putting away all dirty behaviour and the overweight of evil, take into your souls without pride the word which, being planted there, is able to give you salvation. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers of it, blinding yourselves with false ideas. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Because if any man is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a glass; 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
24 For after looking at himself he goes away, and in a short time he has no memory of what he was like. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But he who goes on looking into the true law which makes him free, being not a hearer without memory but a doer putting it into effect, this man will have a blessing on his acts. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.
26 If a man seems to have religion and has no control over his tongue but lets himself be tricked by what is false, this man's religion is of no value. 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
27 The religion which is holy and free from evil in the eyes of our God and Father is this: to take care of children who have no fathers and of widows who are in trouble, and to keep oneself untouched by the world. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.