My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, 1
for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.
Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. 2
But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.
If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.
Those Christians who are poor must be glad when God lifts them up,
and the rich Christians must be glad when God brings them down. For the rich will pass away like the flower of a wild plant. 3
The sun rises with its blazing heat and burns the plant; its flower falls off, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way the rich will be destroyed while they go about their business.
Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.
If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, "This temptation comes from God." For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. 4
But we are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires.
Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Do not be deceived, my dear friends!
Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning.
By his own will he brought us into being through the word of truth, so that we should have first place among all his creatures.