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Darby Bible Translation
Greetings from James
1James, bondman of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the dispersion, greeting.
Rejoicing in Trials
2Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into various temptations,
3knowing that the proving of your faith works endurance.
4But let endurance have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5But if any one of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all freely and reproaches not, and it shall be given to him:
6but let him ask in faith, nothing doubting. For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed about;
7for let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord;
8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Contrast of the Rich and Poor
9But let the brother of low degree glory in his elevation,
10and the rich in his humiliation, because as the grass's flower he will pass away.
11For the sun has risen with its burning heat, and has withered the grass, and its flower has fallen, and the comeliness of its look has perished: thus the rich also shall wither in his goings.
12Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for, having been proved, he shall receive the crown of life, which He has promised to them that love him.
Perseverance in Temptation
13Let no man, being tempted, say, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted by evil things, and himself tempts no one.
14But every one is tempted, drawn away, and enticed by his own lust;
15then lust, having conceived, gives birth to sin; but sin fully completed brings forth death.
16Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation nor shadow of turning.
18According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of his creatures.
Hearing and Doing
19So that, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
20for man's wrath does not work God's righteousness.
21Wherefore, laying aside all filthiness and abounding of wickedness, accept with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, beguiling yourselves.
23For if any man be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like to a man considering his natural face in a mirror:
24for he has considered himself and is gone away, and straightway he has forgotten what he was like.
25But he that fixes his view on the perfect law, that of liberty, and abides in it, being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, he shall be blessed in his doing.
26If any one think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, this man's religion is vain.
27Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to keep oneself unspotted from the world.