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1 From James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. To all of God's people who are scattered everywhere in the world: 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, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to all people, so he will give you wisdom. 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 ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down 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 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 Believers who are poor should be proud, because God has made them spiritually rich. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 Those who are rich should be proud, because God has shown them that they are spiritually poor. The rich will die like a wild flower in 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 The sun rises with burning heat and dries up the plants. The flower falls off, and its beauty is gone. In the same way the rich will die while they are still taking care of business. 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 When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy. After they have proved their faith, God will reward them with life forever. God promised this to all 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 people are tempted, they should not say, "God is tempting me." Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not 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 But people are tempted when their own evil desire leads them away and traps them. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 This desire leads to sin, and then the sin grows and brings 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, do not be fooled about this. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows. 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 so we might be the most important of all the things he made. 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 My dear brothers and sisters, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become 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 because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 So put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong. Then in gentleness accept God's teaching that is planted in your hearts, which 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 teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Those who hear God's teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves 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 They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God's perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God's teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy. 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 People who think they are religious but say things they should not say are just fooling themselves. Their "religion" is worth 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 Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's evil influence. 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.