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1 From James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. To God's faithful people who have been scattered. Greetings. 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won't need anything. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn't find fault with them. 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 When you ask for something, don't have any doubts. A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea. 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 A person who has doubts shouldn't expect to receive anything from the Lord. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can't make up his mind about anything. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 Humble believers should be proud because being humble makes them important. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 Rich believers should be proud because being rich should make them humble. Rich people will wither like flowers. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.
11 The sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up plants. The flowers drop off, and the beauty is gone. The same thing will happen to rich people. While they are busy, they will die. 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 are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that 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 When someone is tempted, he shouldn't say that God is tempting him. God can't be tempted by evil, and God doesn't tempt anyone. 13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
14 Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, 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 My dear brothers and sisters, don't be fooled. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. The Father doesn't change like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon. 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 God decided to give us life through the word of truth to make us his most important 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 Remember this, my dear brothers and sisters: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and should not get angry easily. 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20 An angry person doesn't do what God approves of. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 So get rid of all immoral behavior and all the wicked things you do. Humbly accept the word that God has placed in you. This word can save you. 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 Do what God's word says. Don't merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 If someone listens to God's word but doesn't do what it says, he is like a person 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 studies his features, 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 However, the person who continues to study God's perfect teachings that make people free and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don't merely listen and forget; they actually do what God's teachings say. 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 person thinks that he is religious but can't control his tongue, he is fooling himself. That person's religion is worthless. 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, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this 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.