James 1
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The Testing of Your Faith

1[a]James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes who are [b]dispersed abroad: Greetings.

2Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various [c]trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces [d]endurance. 4And let [e]endurance have its perfect [f]result, so that you may be [g]perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and [h]without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6But 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. 7For that person ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8being a [i]double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

9Now the brother or sister of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10but the rich person is to glory in his [j]humiliation, because like [k]flowering grass he will pass away. 11For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so also the rich person, in the midst of his pursuits, will die out.

12Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has [l]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13No one is to say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted [m]by God”; for God cannot be tempted [n]by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it has run its course, brings forth death. 16Do not be [o]deceived, my beloved brothers and sisters. 17Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [p]shifting shadow. 18In the exercise of His will He gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would be [q]a kind of first fruits [r]among His creatures.

19[s]You know this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Now everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; 20for a man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness of God. 21Therefore, ridding yourselves of all filthiness and all [t]that remains of wickedness, in [u]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [v]natural face in a mirror; 24for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [w]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25But one who has looked intently at the perfect law, the law of freedom, and has continued in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [x]an active doer, this person will be blessed in [y]what he does.

26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, yet does not [z]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27Pure 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 [aa]by the world.



[a] 1 Or Jacob
[b] 1 Lit in the Dispersion
[c] 2 Or temptations
[d] 3 Or steadfastness
[e] 4 Or steadfastness
[f] 4 Lit work
[g] 4 Or mature
[h] 5 Lit does not reproach
[i] 8 I.e., a chronic doubter
[j] 10 Or downfall
[k] 10 Lit the flower of the grass
[l] 12 Or passed the test
[m] 13 Lit from
[n] 13 Lit of evil things
[o] 16 Or misled
[p] 17 Lit shadow of turning
[q] 18 Or a certain first fruits
[r] 18 Lit of
[s] 19 Or Know this
[t] 21 Lit abundance of malice
[u] 21 Or gentleness
[v] 23 Lit the face of his birth; or nature
[w] 24 Lit and he
[x] 25 Lit a doer of a work
[y] 25 Lit his doing
[z] 26 Or control
[aa] 27 Lit from

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