James 1 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
New International Reader's Version (NIRV) New International Version (NIV)
1 I, James, am writing this letter. I serve God and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am sending this letter to you, the 12 tribes that are scattered among the nations. 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, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 The strength to keep going must be allowed to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone. He doesn't find fault. 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, you must believe. You must not doubt. People who doubt are like waves of the sea. The wind blows and tosses them around. 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 man like that shouldn't expect to receive anything from the Lord. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 He can't make up his mind. He can never decide what to do. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 A believer who finds himself in a low position in life should be proud that God has given him a high position. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 But someone who is rich should take pride in his low position. That's because he will fade away like a wild flower. 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. Its burning heat dries up the plants. Their blossoms fall. Their beauty is destroyed. In the same way, a rich person will fade away even as he goes about his 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 Blessed is the man who keeps on going when times are hard. After he has come through them, he will receive a crown. The crown is life itself. God has promised it 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 you are tempted, you shouldn't say, "God is tempting me." God can't be tempted by evil. And he 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 But your own evil longings tempt you. They lead you on and drag you away. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 When they are allowed to grow, they give birth to sin. When sin has grown 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 let anyone fool you. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good and perfect gift is from God. It comes down from the Father. He created the heavenly lights. He does not change like shadows that move. 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 chose to give us new birth through the message of truth. He wanted us to be the first and best of everything he created. 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, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20 A man's anger doesn't produce the kind of life God wants. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 So get rid of everything that is dirty and sinful. Get rid of the evil that is all around us. Don't be too proud to accept the word that is planted in you. It 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 Don't just listen to the word. You fool yourselves if you do that. You must do what it says. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Suppose you listen to the word but don't do what it says. Then you are like a man 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 After looking at himself, he leaves. Right away he forgets what he looks like. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But suppose you take a good look at the perfect law that gives freedom. You keep looking at it. You don't forget what you've heard, but you do what the law says. Then you will be blessed in what you do. 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 Suppose you think your beliefs are right because of how you live. But you don't control what you say. Then you are fooling yourselves. Your beliefs are not worth anything at all. 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 Here are the kinds of beliefs that God our Father accepts as pure and without fault. When widows and children who have no parents are in trouble, take care of them. And keep yourselves from being polluted 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.