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1 From James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: Greetings to all God's people scattered over the whole world. 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. 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 when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about 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 If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
9 Those Christians who are poor must be glad when God lifts them up, 9 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
10 and the rich Christians must be glad when God brings them down. For the rich will pass away like the flower of a wild plant. 10 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
11 The sun rises with its blazing heat and burns the plant; its flower falls off, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way the rich will be destroyed while they go about their business. 11 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.
12 Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him. 12 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.
13 If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, "This temptation comes from God." For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. 13 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.
14 But we are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. 14 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
15 Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 15 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
16 Do not be deceived, my dear friends! 16 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
17 Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning. 17 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
18 By his own will he brought us into being through the word of truth, so that we should have first place among all his creatures. 18 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
19 Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. 19 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
20 Human anger does not achieve God's righteous purpose. 20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
21 So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you. 21 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
22 Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice. 22 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.
23 If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are. 23 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
24 They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like. 24 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
25 But if you look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice - you will be blessed by God in what you do. 25 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
26 Do any of you think you are religious? If you do not control your tongue, your religion is worthless and you deceive yourself. 26 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.
27 What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world. 27 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 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.