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1 James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the dispersion. Greetings! 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 Consider [it] all joy, my brothers, whenever you encounter various trials, 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 [because you] know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 And let endurance have [its] perfect effect, so that you may be mature and complete, 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 for [it] from God, who gives to all without reservation and not reproaching, 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 for [it] in faith, without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf 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 that person must not suppose that he will 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 Now let the brother of humble circumstances boast in his high position, 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 but the rich person in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a flower of the grass. 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 rises with its burning heat and dries up the grass, and its flower falls off, and the beauty of its appearance is lost. So also the rich person in his pursuits 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 Blessed [is] the person who endures testing, because [when he] is approved he will receive the crown of life that he 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 who is being tempted should say, "I am being tempted by God," for God {cannot be tempted} by evil, and he 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 each one is tempted [when he] is dragged away and enticed by his own desires. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Then desire, [after it] has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, [when it] is brought to completion, 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 deceived, my dear brothers. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of change. 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 [By his] will he gave birth to us through the message of truth, so that we should be a kind of 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 Understand [this], my dear brothers: every person must be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20 for human anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 Therefore, putting aside all moral uncleanness and wicked excess, welcome with humility the implanted message 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 doers of the message and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves, 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 because if anyone is a hearer of the message and not a doer, this one is like someone staring at {his own 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 looks at himself and goes away and immediately forgets what sort of [person] he was. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues [to do it], not being a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts, this one 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 If anyone thinks he is religious, [although he] does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this 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 and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep oneself unstained 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.