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1 This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.It is written to Jewish Christians 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 Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 If you need wisdom -- if you want to know what God wants you to do -- ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. 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 him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed 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 People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 Christians who are poor should be glad, for God has honored them. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 And those who are rich should be glad, for God has humbled them. They will fade away like a flower in the field. 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 hot sun rises and dries up the grass; the flower withers, and its beauty fades away. So also, wealthy people will fade away with all of their achievements. 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 God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward 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 And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. 13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
14 Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead 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 So don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts 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 In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession. 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, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and 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 Your anger can never make things right in God's sight. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough 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 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don't obey, you are only fooling yourself. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 For if you just listen and don't obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 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 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But if you keep looking steadily into God's perfect law -- the law that sets you free -- and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 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 you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your 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 lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us. 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.