Chapter 1

JAM.1:1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.
JAM.1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
JAM.1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
JAM.1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
JAM.1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
JAM.1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
JAM.1:7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
JAM.1:8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
JAM.1:9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
JAM.1:10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
JAM.1:11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
JAM.1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
JAM.1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
JAM.1:14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
JAM.1:15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
JAM.1:16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
JAM.1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
JAM.1:18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
JAM.1:19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
JAM.1:20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
JAM.1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
JAM.1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
JAM.1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
JAM.1:24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
JAM.1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
JAM.1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
JAM.1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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