James 1

Translation of the Greek Text

1 James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the twelve tribes that are among the scattered. Rejoice.

2 My brothers, consider it all joy when you fall among various tests, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith is causing endurance. 4 And let endurance have its completive work, in order that you might be complete and mature, lacking in nothing. 5 But, if any of you is lacking wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But, you should ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who is doubting is like a wave of the sea, being blown and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man should not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

9 But let the humble brother boast in his exaltation, 10 the rich boast in his humiliation, because as the flower of the grass, he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with burning heat and withers away the grass; its flower falls and its beauty perishes. In this way also, the rich man in his pursuits will fade away.

12 Blessed is the man who is enduring trials, because after having been proved, he will receive the crown of life which He promised to the ones loving him. 13 Let no man while being tempted say, “I am tempted from God.” For God is not tempted of evil, and He tempts no one. 14 But every man is tempted by his own lusts, being drawn away and enticed by them. 15 Then, after receiving, lust brings forth sin. And sin, after becoming complete, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers, 17 every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, in whom there is no change or shadow of turning. 18 After having willed, He brought us forth by the word of truth so that we would be a certain first-fruit of His creatures.

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let all men be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. 20 For the anger of man is not working the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, put away all filthiness and abundance of evil and receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But become doers of the word and not only hearers, deceiving yourselves. 23 Because, if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who considers his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he considered himself and departed and immediately forgot what he was like. 25 But he who has looked into the the perfect law of liberty and has continued in it, he is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one is blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious but is not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, his religion is vain. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to keep oneself spotless from the world.

Posted by Jacob Abshire on September 27th, 2010 - 7:00 am
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