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James 1

MSG 1 I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! NIV 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. MSG 2 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. NIV 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, MSG 3 You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. NIV 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. MSG 4 So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. NIV 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. MSG 5 If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. NIV 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. MSG 6 Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind-whipped waves. NIV 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. MSG 7 Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, NIV 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; MSG 8 adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. NIV 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. MSG 9 When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! NIV 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. MSG 10 And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don't ever count on it. NIV 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. MSG 11 You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that's a picture of the "prosperous life." At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing. NIV 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. MSG 12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. NIV 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. MSG 13 Don't let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, "God is trying to trip me up." God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one's way. NIV 13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; MSG 14 The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. NIV 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. MSG 15 Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. NIV 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. MSG 16 So, my very dear friends, don't get thrown off course. NIV 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. MSG 17 Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. NIV 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. MSG 18 He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures. NIV 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. MSG 19 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. NIV 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, MSG 20 God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger. NIV 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. MSG 21 So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. NIV 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. MSG 22 Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! NIV 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. MSG 23 Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, NIV 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 MSG 24 walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. NIV 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. MSG 25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God - the free life! - even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. NIV 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. MSG 26 Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. NIV 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. MSG 27 Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. NIV 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.