13 Let no one when tempted say, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted by evil, neither doth he tempt any one. 14 But every one is tempted by his own desire, when allured and ensnared. 15 In that case desire having conceived, bringeth forth sin, and sin, when grown up, produceth death. 16 Be not led astray, my beloved brethren: 17 Every good donation, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will he hath impregnated us with a word of truth, that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 19 Therefore, my beloved brethren, 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 Therefore having thrown off all the filth and scum of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls; 22 and be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man viewing his natural face in a glass. 24 For having viewed himself, and gone away, he instantly forgot what manner of person he was. 25 But whosoever hath looked carefully into the perfect law of this liberty, and continued therein; he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of work, shall by his doing be happy. 26 If any one among you thinketh to be religious without bridling his tongue, he is but deceiving his heart. Such a one's religion is vain. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and father is this, to take the oversight and care of orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep one's self unspotted from the world.
Thomson(i) 1 James, "a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad, Greeting. 2 Count it, my brethren, all joy when you fall into divers trials, 3 knowing that the trial of your faith operateth to produce patience. 4 Let patience then have a full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, deficient in nothing. 5 And if any of you wanteth wisdom, let him ask it of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not; and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask with faith, without wavering, for he who wavereth is like a wave of the sea, raised by the wind and tossed about. 7 Let not therefore such a man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord. 8 A man unsteady in his mind, is unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the brother who is in low circumstances glory in his exaltation; 10 and him who is rich, in his humiliation, because he shall pass away like a flower of the grass. 11 For the sun riseth with its scorching heat, and withereth the blade, and the flower thereof failleth, and its beautiful appearance is gone. Just so will the rich man be blasted in his pursuits. 12 Happy the man, who endureth a trial! because having stood the test, he will Jas 1:receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them who love him.