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1 From: Ya'akov, a slave of God and of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah To: The Twelve Tribes in the Diaspora: Shalom! 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations; 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 for you know that the testing of your trust produces perseverance. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 But let perseverance do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach; 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 But let him ask in trust, doubting nothing; for the doubter is like a wave in the sea being tossed and driven by 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 Indeed that person should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord, 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 because he is double-minded, unstable in all his ways. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 Let the brother in humble circumstances boast about his high position. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 But let the rich brother boast about his being humbled; since, like a wildflower, he will pass away. 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 just as the sun rises with the sharav and dries up the plant, so that its flower falls off and its beauty is destroyed, so too the rich person going about his business will wither away. 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 How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation! For after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love 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 No one being tempted should say, "I am being tempted by God." For God cannot be tempted by evil, and God himself tempts no one. 13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
14 Rather, each person is being tempted whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Then, having conceived, the desire gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it 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 Don't delude yourselves, my dear brothers. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who made the heavenly lights; with him there is neither variation nor darkness caused 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 Having made his decision, he gave birth to us through a Word that can be relied upon, in order that we should be a kind of firstfruits of all that he created. 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 Therefore, my dear brothers, let every person be quick to listen but slow to speak, 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 a person's anger does not accomplish God's righteousness! 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 So rid yourselves of all vulgarity and obvious evil, and receive meekly the Word implanted in you that can save your lives. 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 Don't deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it! 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 For whoever hears the Word but doesn't do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, 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 who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But if a person looks closely into the perfect Torah, which gives freedom, and continues, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work it requires, then he will be blessed in what he does. 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 Anyone who thinks he is religiously observant but does not control his tongue is deceiving himself, and his observance counts for nothing. 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 religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated 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.