BIB(i) 1 Ἰάκωβος (James), Θεοῦ (of God) καὶ (and) Κυρίου (of the Lord) Ἰησοῦ (Jesus) Χριστοῦ (Christ) δοῦλος (a servant), Ταῖς (To the) δώδεκα (twelve) φυλαῖς (tribes) ταῖς (-) ἐν (in) τῇ (the) Διασπορᾷ (Dispersion): Χαίρειν (Greetings). 2 Πᾶσαν (All) χαρὰν (joy) ἡγήσασθε (esteem it), ἀδελφοί (brothers) μου (of me), ὅταν (when) πειρασμοῖς (trials) περιπέσητε (you might fall into) ποικίλοις (various), 3 γινώσκοντες (knowing) ὅτι (that) τὸ (the) δοκίμιον (testing) ὑμῶν (of your) τῆς (-) πίστεως (faith) κατεργάζεται (produces) ὑπομονήν (endurance). 4 ἡ (-) δὲ (And) ὑπομονὴ (endurance), ἔργον (work) τέλειον (its perfect) ἐχέτω (let have), ἵνα (so that) ἦτε (you may be) τέλειοι (perfect) καὶ (and) ὁλόκληροι (complete), ἐν (in) μηδενὶ (nothing) λειπόμενοι (lacking). 5 Εἰ (If) δέ (now) τις (any) ὑμῶν (of you) λείπεται (lacks) σοφίας (wisdom), αἰτείτω (let him ask) παρὰ (from) τοῦ (the One) διδόντος (giving), Θεοῦ (God), πᾶσιν (to all) ἁπλῶς (generously), καὶ (and) μὴ (not) ὀνειδίζοντος (finding fault), καὶ (and) δοθήσεται (it will be given) αὐτῷ (to him). 6 αἰτείτω (Let him ask) δὲ (however) ἐν (in) πίστει (faith), μηδὲν (nothing) διακρινόμενος (doubting). ὁ (The one) γὰρ (for) διακρινόμενος (doubting) ἔοικεν (is like) κλύδωνι (a wave) θαλάσσης (of the sea), ἀνεμιζομένῳ (being blown by the wind) καὶ (and) ῥιπιζομένῳ (being tossed by the wind). 7 μὴ (Not) γὰρ (for) οἰέσθω (let suppose) ὁ (the) ἄνθρωπος (man) ἐκεῖνος (that), ὅτι (that) λήμψεταί (he will receive) τι (anything) παρὰ (from) τοῦ (the) Κυρίου (Lord). 8 ἀνὴρ (He is a man) δίψυχος (double-minded), ἀκατάστατος (unstable) ἐν (in) πάσαις (all) ταῖς (the) ὁδοῖς (ways) αὐτοῦ (of him). 9 Καυχάσθω (Let boast) δὲ (however) ὁ (the) ἀδελφὸς (brother) ὁ (-) ταπεινὸς (of low degree) ἐν (in) τῷ (the) ὕψει (exaltation) αὐτοῦ (of him); 10 ὁ (he who is) δὲ (then) πλούσιος (rich), ἐν (in) τῇ (the) ταπεινώσει (humiliation) αὐτοῦ (of him), ὅτι (because) ὡς (like) ἄνθος (a flower) χόρτου (of grass) παρελεύσεται (he will pass away). 11 ἀνέτειλεν (Has risen) γὰρ (for) ὁ (the) ἥλιος (sun) σὺν (with) τῷ (its) καύσωνι (burning heat) καὶ (and) ἐξήρανεν (withered) τὸν (the) χόρτον (grass), καὶ (and) τὸ (the) ἄνθος (flower) αὐτοῦ (of it) ἐξέπεσεν (has fallen), καὶ (and) ἡ (the) εὐπρέπεια (beauty) τοῦ (of the) προσώπου (appearance) αὐτοῦ (of it) ἀπώλετο (has perished). οὕτως (Thus) καὶ (also) ὁ (the) πλούσιος (rich man) ἐν (in the midst of) ταῖς (the) πορείαις (pursuits) αὐτοῦ (of him) μαρανθήσεται (will fade away). 12 Μακάριος (Blessed is the) ἀνὴρ (man) ὃς (who) ὑπομένει (endures) πειρασμόν (trial), ὅτι (because) δόκιμος (approved) γενόμενος (having been), λήμψεται (he will receive) τὸν (the) στέφανον (crown) τῆς (-) ζωῆς (of life) ὃν (that) ἐπηγγείλατο (He has promised) τοῖς (to those) ἀγαπῶσιν (loving) αὐτόν (Him). 13 Μηδεὶς (No one) πειραζόμενος (being tempted) λεγέτω (let say) ὅτι (-), “Ἀπὸ (By) Θεοῦ (God) πειράζομαι (I am being tempted).” ὁ (-) γὰρ (For) Θεὸς (God) ἀπείραστός (unable to be tempted) ἐστιν (is) κακῶν (by evils); πειράζει (tempts) δὲ (now) αὐτὸς (He Himself) οὐδένα (no one). 14 ἕκαστος (A man) δὲ (however) πειράζεται (is tempted), ὑπὸ (by) τῆς (the) ἰδίας (own) ἐπιθυμίας (desire) ἐξελκόμενος (being drawn away) καὶ (and) δελεαζόμενος (being enticed). 15 εἶτα (Then) ἡ (-) ἐπιθυμία (desire), συλλαβοῦσα (having conceived), τίκτει (gives birth to) ἁμαρτίαν (sin); ἡ (-) δὲ (and) ἁμαρτία (sin) ἀποτελεσθεῖσα (having become fully grown), ἀποκύει (brings forth) θάνατον (death). 16 Μὴ (Not) πλανᾶσθε (be misled), ἀδελφοί (brothers) μου (my) ἀγαπητοί (beloved). 17 πᾶσα (Every) δόσις (act of giving) ἀγαθὴ (good), καὶ (and) πᾶν (every) δώρημα (gift) τέλειον (perfect), ἄνωθέν (from above) ἐστιν (is), καταβαῖνον (coming down) ἀπὸ (from) τοῦ (the) Πατρὸς (Father) τῶν (-) φώτων (of lights), παρ’ (with) ᾧ (whom) οὐκ (not) ἔνι (there is) παραλλαγὴ (variation) ἢ (or) τροπῆς (of shifting) ἀποσκίασμα (shadow). 18 βουληθεὶς (Having willed it), ἀπεκύησεν (He brought forth) ἡμᾶς (us) λόγῳ (by the word) ἀληθείας (of truth), εἰς (for) τὸ (-) εἶναι (to be) ἡμᾶς (us) ἀπαρχήν (firstfruits) τινα (a certain) τῶν (-) αὐτοῦ (of His) κτισμάτων (creatures). 19 Ἴστε (Know this), ἀδελφοί (brothers) μου (my) ἀγαπητοί (beloved). ἔστω (Let be) δὲ (however) πᾶς (every) ἄνθρωπος (man) ταχὺς (swift) εἰς (unto) τὸ (-) ἀκοῦσαι (to hear), βραδὺς (slow) εἰς (unto) τὸ (-) λαλῆσαι (to speak), βραδὺς (slow) εἰς (unto) ὀργήν (anger); 20 ὀργὴ (the anger) γὰρ (for) ἀνδρὸς (of man), δικαιοσύνην (the righteousness) Θεοῦ (of God) οὐκ (not) ἐργάζεται (produces). 21 διὸ (Therefore), ἀποθέμενοι (having put aside) πᾶσαν (all) ῥυπαρίαν (filthiness) καὶ (and) περισσείαν (abounding) κακίας (of wickedness), ἐν (in) πραΰτητι (humility) δέξασθε (receive) τὸν (the) ἔμφυτον (implanted) λόγον (word), τὸν (-) δυνάμενον (being able) σῶσαι (to save) τὰς (the) ψυχὰς (souls) ὑμῶν (of you). 22 Γίνεσθε (Be) δὲ (however) ποιηταὶ (doers) λόγου (of the word), καὶ (and) μὴ (not) ἀκροαταὶ (hearers) μόνον (only), παραλογιζόμενοι (deceiving) ἑαυτούς (yourselves), 23 ὅτι (because) εἴ (if) τις (anyone) ἀκροατὴς (a hearer) λόγου (of the word) ἐστὶν (is) καὶ (and) οὐ (not) ποιητής (a doer), οὗτος (this one) ἔοικεν (is like) ἀνδρὶ (a man) κατανοοῦντι (looking) τὸ (at) πρόσωπον (the face) τῆς (-) γενέσεως (natural) αὐτοῦ (of him) ἐν (in) ἐσόπτρῳ (a mirror); 24 κατενόησεν (he has viewed) γὰρ (for) ἑαυτὸν (himself) καὶ (and) ἀπελήλυθεν (has gone away) καὶ (and) εὐθέως (immediately) ἐπελάθετο (he has forgotten) ὁποῖος (what like) ἦν (he was). 25 ὁ (The one) δὲ (however) παρακύψας (having looked intently) εἰς (into) νόμον (the law) τέλειον (perfect), τὸν (that) τῆς (-) ἐλευθερίας (of freedom), καὶ (and) παραμείνας (having continued in it), οὐκ (not) ἀκροατὴς (a hearer) ἐπιλησμονῆς (forgetful) γενόμενος (having been), ἀλλὰ (but) ποιητὴς (a doer) ἔργου (of the work)— οὗτος (this one) μακάριος (blessed) ἐν (in) τῇ (the) ποιήσει (work) αὐτοῦ (of him) ἔσται (will be). 26 Εἴ (If) τις (anyone) δοκεῖ (seems) θρησκὸς (religious) εἶναι (to be), μὴ (not) χαλιναγωγῶν (bridling) γλῶσσαν (the tongue) αὐτοῦ* (of himself), ἀλλὰ (but) ἀπατῶν (deceiving) καρδίαν (the heart) αὐτοῦ* (of himself), τούτου (of this one) μάταιος (worthless is) ἡ (the) θρησκεία (religion). 27 θρησκεία (Religion) καθαρὰ (pure) καὶ (and) ἀμίαντος (undefiled) παρὰ (before) τῷ (the) Θεῷ (God) καὶ (and) Πατρὶ (Father) αὕτη (this) ἐστίν (is), ἐπισκέπτεσθαι (to visit) ὀρφανοὺς (orphans) καὶ (and) χήρας (widows) ἐν (in) τῇ (the) θλίψει (tribulation) αὐτῶν (of them); ἄσπιλον (unstained) ἑαυτὸν (oneself) τηρεῖν (to keep) ἀπὸ (from) τοῦ (the) κόσμου (world).