James 1 New American Standard Bible

Salutation

1 [1] James , a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ , To the twelve tribes who are [2] dispersed abroad: Greetings .

Faith and Humility

2  Consider it all joy , my brethren , when you encounter various [3]trials , 3  knowing that the testing of your faith produces [4] endurance . 4  And let [5] endurance have its perfect [6]result , so that you may be [7] perfect and complete , lacking in nothing . 5  But if any of you lacks wisdom , let him ask of God , who gives to all generously and [8]without reproach , and it will be given to him. 6  But 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 . 7  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord , 8  being a [9] double-minded man , unstable in all his ways . 9  But the [10]brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position ; 10  and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation , because like [11]flowering grass he will pass away . 11  For the sun rises with [12] a scorching wind and withers the grass ; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed ; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away .

Trial and Temptation

12  Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial ; for once he has [13]been approved , he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

13  Let no one say when he is tempted , " I am being tempted [14]by God "; for God cannot be tempted [15]by evil , and He Himself does not tempt anyone . 14  But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust . 15  Then when lust has conceived , it gives birth to sin ; and when sin [16]is accomplished , it brings forth death . 16  Do not be [17]deceived , my beloved brethren . 17  Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above , coming down from the Father of lights , with whom there is no variation or [18]shifting shadow . 18  In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth , so that we would be [19]a kind of first fruits [20]among His creatures .

Hearing and Doing the Word

19  [21]This you know , my beloved brethren . But everyone must be quick to hear , slow to speak and slow to anger ; 20  for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God . 21  Therefore , putting aside all filthiness and all [22]that remains of wickedness , in [23]humility receive the word implanted , which is able to save your souls . 22  But prove yourselves doers of the word , and not merely hearers who delude themselves . 23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer , he is like a man who looks at his [24]natural face in a mirror ; 24  for once he has looked at himself and gone away , [25]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25  But one who looks intently at the perfect law , the law of liberty , and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [26]an effectual doer , this man will be blessed in [27]what he does . 26  If anyone thinks himself to be religious , and yet does not [28] bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart , this man's religion is worthless . 27  Pure 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 [29]by the world .

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Or "Jacob"

[2] 1:1 Lit "in the Dispersion"

[3] 1:2 Or "temptations"

[4] 1:3 Or "steadfastness"

[5] 1:4 V 3, note 1

[6] 1:4 Lit "work"

[7] 1:4 Or "mature"

[8] 1:5 Lit "does not reproach"

[9] 1:8 Or "doubting, hesitating"

[10] 1:9 I.e. church member

[11] 1:10 Lit "the flower of the grass"

[12] 1:11 Lit "the"

[13] 1:12 Or "passed the test"

[14] 1:13 Lit "from"

[15] 1:13 Lit "of evil things"

[16] 1:15 Lit "is brought to completion"

[17] 1:16 Or "misled"

[18] 1:17 Lit "shadow of turning"

[19] 1:18 Or "a certain first fruits"

[20] 1:18 Lit "of"

[21] 1:19 Or "Know" this

[22] 1:21 Lit "abundance of malice"

[23] 1:21 Or "gentleness"

[24] 1:23 Lit "the face of his birth;" or "nature"

[25] 1:24 Lit "and he"

[26] 1:25 Lit "a doer of a work"

[27] 1:25 Lit "his doing"

[28] 1:26 Or "control"

[29] 1:27 Lit "from"

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