Main point summary
Your religion is revealed in how you behave under trials: before God, worthless is to hear but not apply His word; valuable is to do His word - because you are to rejoice under trials (1) through your thoughts (v2-12) : rejoice with a firm faith in God's generousity, put hope in glorious end and stay steadfastness (2) with your tongue (v13-18) : keep good opinion about God's unchangeable purpose, refrain one own word. (3) through your acts (v19-25) inspired by God's word
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion:
James who works for God and Jesus-Christ, [sends following message] to the twelwe tribes across the world:
May God bless you.
e Count it all joy , my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete , lacking in nothing.
Rejoice in any kind of trials you encounter for they aim at making you perfect and complete .
IF any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him . But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting , for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
whether the trial is a lack of wisdom , ask wisdom from God [ consider He ] who generously answers to a firm faith .
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r [let] the rich [boast] in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass ; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
whether the trial is to be poor or to be rich , consider [put your hope in] what will be your end [with God]
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial , for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life , w which God has promised to those who love him . Let no one say when he is tempted , “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
[ Whatever the trial , consider how] blessed is he who stays steadfast until it ends, because of God's promise to reward (with life) those who love him. [and] do not hold God as responsible [but rather] yourself when you do not stand the test.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above , coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1 c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
[therefore] do not have such false opinion of God , [but instead consider that] He is always the giver of good things in accordance with His unchangeable purpose for us .
g Know this , my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God . Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls .
Refrain from [ your own evil] word and deeds, and receive [ from God ] t he Word , as [you consider] it is what is able to help you be right before God .
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only , deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law , o the law of liberty, and perseveres , being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing .
[AND also] replace your own deeds by acts inspired from the word [ of God ], for anyone will be blessed in doing the word , not only hearing it.
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless . Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this : s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
[therefore] One religion is revealed in how one behaves under trials: before God worthless is to hear but not apply His word; valuable it is to do His word.
whatever the trial, [ Consider] God's promise to he who until the end - stays steadfast , Therefore keep your thoughts on the unchangeable purpose of God for us refrain your own word and deeds and welcome God's word and replace your own deeds by acts inspired from God's word.
Rejoice , in any kind of trial, because they aim making you perfect and complete, in that they develop firm faith in God's generousity hope in your end with God steadfastness that is rewarded by God