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1 From James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the twelve tribes who are scattered outside the land of Israel. 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, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask. 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 Whoever asks shouldn't hesitate. They should ask in faith, without doubting. Whoever doubts is like the surf of the sea, tossed and turned 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 never imagine that they will receive anything from the Lord. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 They are double-minded, unstable in all their ways. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 Brothers and sisters who are poor should find satisfaction in their high status. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 Those who are wealthy should find satisfaction in their low status, because they will die off like wildflowers. 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 the grass so that its flowers fall and its beauty is lost. Just like that, in the midst of their daily lives, the wealthy will waste 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 Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward. 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 tested should say, "God is tempting me!" This is because God is not tempted by any form of evil, nor does he 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 their own cravings; they are lured away and enticed by them. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Once those cravings conceive, they give birth to sin; and 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 Don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all. 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 He chose to give us birth by his true word, and here is the result: we are like the first crop from the harvest 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 Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry. 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20 This is because an angry person doesn't produce God's righteousness. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 Therefore, with humility, set aside all moral filth and the growth of wickedness, and welcome the word planted deep inside you—the very word that is able to 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 You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Those who hear but don't do the word are like those who look at their faces 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 look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don't listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they 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 If those who claim devotion to God don't control what they say, they mislead themselves. Their devotion 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 True devotion, the kind that is pure and faultless before God the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their difficulties and to keep the world from contaminating 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.