James

ERV(i) 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting 2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations 3 Knowing that the proof of your faith worketh patience 4 And let patience have [its] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing 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 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 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord 8 a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways 9 But let the brother of low degree glory in his high estate 10 and the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away 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 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 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 14 but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed 15 Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death 16 Be not deceived, my beloved brethren 17 Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning 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 19 Ye know [this], my beloved brethren. But let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath 20 for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God 21 Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves 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 24 for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was 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 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 27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world