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1 James, bondman of God and of [the] Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which [are] in the dispersion, greeting. 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into various temptations, 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 knowing that the proving of your faith works endurance. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 But let endurance have [its] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 But if any one of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all freely and reproaches not, and it shall 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 faith, nothing doubting. For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed about; 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 for let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord; 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 [he is] a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 But let the brother of low degree glory in his elevation, 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 and the rich in his humiliation, because as [the] grass's flower 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 the sun has risen with its burning heat, and has withered the grass, and its flower has fallen, and the comeliness of its look has perished: thus the rich also shall wither in his goings. 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 Blessed [is the] man who endures temptation; for, having been proved, he shall receive the crown of life, which He has promised to them that 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 Let no man, being tempted, say, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted by evil things, and 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 But every one is tempted, drawn away, and enticed by his own lust; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 then lust, having conceived, gives birth to sin; but sin fully completed brings forth 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 err, my beloved brethren. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation nor shadow of 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 According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of *his* creatures. 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 So that, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20 for man's wrath does not work God's righteousness. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 Wherefore, laying aside all filthiness and abounding of wickedness, accept with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 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 ye doers of [the] word and not hearers only, beguiling yourselves. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 For if any man be a hearer of [the] word and not a doer, *he* is like to a man considering his natural 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 for he has considered himself and is gone away, and straightway he has forgotten what he was like. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But *he* that fixes his view on [the] perfect law, that of liberty, and abides in [it], being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of [the] work, *he* shall be blessed in his doing. 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 any one think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, this man's religion is vain. 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 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to keep oneself unspotted from 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.