1James, a servant of God and 2of the Lord Jesus Christ, To 3the twelve tribes in 4the Dispersion: Greetings.
5Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials 6of various kinds,
for you know that 7the testing of your faith 8produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be 9perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
10If any of you lacks wisdom, 11let him ask God, 12who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
But 13let him ask in faith, 14with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like 15a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
16he is a double-minded man, 17unstable in all his ways.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
and 18the rich in his humiliation, because 19like a flower of the grass he will pass away.
For the sun rises with its scorching heat and 20withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
21Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive 22the crown of life, 23which God has promised to those who love him.
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Then desire 24when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and 25sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
26Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from 27the Father of lights 28with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
29Of his own will he 30brought us forth by the word of truth, 31that we should be a kind of 32firstfruits of his creatures.