1 JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the dispersion, greeting.
2 Account it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the trial of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have a perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
5 And if any one of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and upbraids not, and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, not doubting; for he that doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and agitated. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord, 8 a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 But let the brother that is humble rejoice in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, for he shall pass away like a flower of the grass. 11 For the sun rose hot, and withered the grass, and its flower fell off, and the beauty of its appearance perished; so also shall the rich man perish in his ways.
12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when proved he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.
13 Let no tempted one say, I am tempted by God; for God is not subject to temptation by evils, and he tempts no one. 14 But every one is tempted when he is drawn away by his desires, and enticed; 15 then the desire taking effect produces sin, and sin being finished brings forth death.
16 Be not deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 All good giving, and every perfect gift, comes down from above, from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change or shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruit of his creatures.
19 Understand, my beloved brothers, and let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for man's anger performs not God's righteousness. 21 Wherefore, laying aside all filthiness and abounding vice, receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But 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 perceiving his natural face in a glass; 24 for he perceived himself, and went away, and immediately forgot what kind of a man he was. 25 But he that looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, not being a forgetful hearer but a doer of work, he shall be blessed in his doing.
26 But if any one among you thinks he is religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his mind, that man's religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled with the God and Father is this, to visit the orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep one's self unspotted from the world.