1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting.
1:2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations;
1:3 Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience.
1:4 And let patience have `its' perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
1:5 But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed.
1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord;
1:8 a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways.
1:9 But let the brother of low degree glory in his high estate:
1:10 and the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
1:11 For the sun ariseth with the scorching wind, and withereth the grass: and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his goings.
1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of life, which `the Lord' promised to them that love him.
1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man:
1:14 but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed.
1:15 Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death.
1:16 Be not deceived, my beloved brethren.
1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.
1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
1:19 Ye know `this', my beloved brethren. But let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
1:20 for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
1:21 Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves.
1:23 For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror:
1:24 for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:25 But he that looketh into the perfect law, the `law' of liberty, and `so' continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing.
1:26 If any man thinketh himself to be religious, while he bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his heart, this man's religion is vain.
1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, `and' to keep oneself unspotted from the world.