1:1 James the servant of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
1:2 My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
1:3 Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
1:4 And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing.
1:5 But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, which is moved and carried about by the wind.
1:7 Therefore let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
1:8 A double minded man is inconstant in all his ways.
1:9 But let the brother of low condition glory in his exaltation:
1:10 And the rich, in his being low; because as the flower of the grass shall he pass away.
1:11 For the sun rose with a burning heat, and parched the grass, and the flower thereof fell off, and the beauty of the shape thereof perished: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
1:13 Let no man, when he is tempted, say that he is tempted by God. For God is not a tempter of evils, and he tempteth no man.
1:14 But every man is tempted by his own concupiscence, being drawn away and allured.
1:15 Then when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death.
1:16 Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren.
1:17 Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration.
1:18 For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures.
1:19 You know, my dearest brethren. And let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger.
1:20 For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God.
1:21 Wherefore casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of naughtiness, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
1:23 For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass.
1:24 For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.
1:25 But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed.
1:26 And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
1:27 Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one's self unspotted from this world.
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