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1 James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: 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 brethren, when you encounter various trials, 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 knowing 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 result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, 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 he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, 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 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position ; 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 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 a scorching wind and withers the grass ; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed ; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade 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 a man who perseveres under trial ; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord 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 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God "; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He 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 each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin ; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth 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 beloved brethren. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 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 the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among 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 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and 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 the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, 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 prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural 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 once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man 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 himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man'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 visit orphans and widows in their distress, 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.