James Chapter One



1 Greetings from James, the servant of the Lord

And of the Lord Christ Jesus, to the twelve

Tribes which are scattered through the nations. 2 My


Brothers, consider it pure joy when you

Fall into differing temptations, 3 for

You know the testing of your faith develops


Patience− 4 and patience must complete her work

So you may be mature and whole, and lack

Nothing. 5 If any of you needs some wisdom,


He should ask God, who gives to everyone

Generously and who does not resent

It, and it will be given him, 6 but let


Him ask in faith, not doubting, for the one

Who doubts is like a seawave blown and tossed

By wind. 7 That man should not expect to gain


A thing from God. 8 A double-minded man

Wavers in all his ways. 9 Now let the brother

Of low degree rejoice that he’s exalted:


10 But the rich man that he is of low degree:

For like the grass he’ll pass away, 11 because

The sun comes up with scorching heat and withers


The plant; its blossom falls, its beauty is

Destroyed; and in the same way, the rich man

Will fade away as he does business.


12 The man who perseveres when under trial

Is blessed, for when he has withstood the test,

He will receive the crown of life the Lord


Has promised those who love him. 13 Let no man

Say when he’s tempted, “God has tempted me”:

For evil cannot tempt God, nor does he


Tempt anyone; 14 but every man is tempted

When he is drawn away by his own lust,

And is enticed. 15 When lust’s conceived, then it


Produces sin: and sin, when done, brings forth

Death. 16 Do not be deceived, my dear brothers.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift


Is from above, and comes down from the Father

Of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

18 He chose to give us birth out of the word


Of truth, that we should be a kind of first-

Fruits of his creatures, 19 and so, my dear brothers,

Let every man be swift to hear, and slow


To speak, and slow to anger; 20 for the wrath

Of man does not produce the righteous life

That God desires, 21 so set aside all kinds


Of moral filth and wickedness that is

Rampant, and meekly take the word that is

Implanted in you, which can save your souls.


22 Be doers of the word, and don’t deceive

Yourselves by being hearers only, 23 for

If anybody hears the word, and does


Not do the things it says to do, he’s like

A man who sees his face reflecting in

A mirror, 24 for he sees himself and goes


Along his way, and right away forgets

What he looks like, 25 but anyone who looks

Into the perfect law of liberty,


Keeping on with this, and does not forget

What he has heard, but does the work− he’ll be

Blessed in whatever he may do. 26 Now if


Anybody among you seems to be

Religious, and does not control his tongue,

But tricks his own heart, his religion’s vain,


27 Religion God our Father takes as pure

And faultless is: To visit orphans and

Widows in their affliction, and to keep


Himself unspotted by society.