Main point summary
Rejoice in trials, depending on God's provision, knowing he brought you forth to begin a new humanity. Therefore, humbly receive the word of God which will conform us to that end.
1 a James, a b bond-servant of God and c of the Lord Jesus Christ, To d the twelve tribes who are 2 e dispersed abroad: f Greetings.
Greetings to the elect separated in this age of trial
a Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter b various 1 trials, knowing that a the testing of your b faith produces 1 c endurance. And let 1 a endurance have its perfect 2 result, so that you may be 3 b perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Rejoice in trials for they produce endurance which results in you being made complete in in wisdom and godliness.
But if any of you a lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and 1 without reproach, and b it will be given to him. But he must a ask in faith b without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, c driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a 1 a double-minded man, b unstable in all his ways.
Therefore if you do lack wisdom in these trials, ask for it, for God gives generously to the one that asks in faith.
a But the 1 brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because a like 1 flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with 1 a a scorching wind and b withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. a Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has 1 been approved, he will receive b the crown of life which the Lord c has promised to those who d love Him.
Moreover, if these trials lead to poverty or rejection, do not envy temporal riches and status, but glory in the crown that awaits the one who endures.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “ a I am being tempted 1 by God”; for God cannot be tempted 2 by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then a when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when b sin 1 is accomplished, it brings forth death. a Do not be 1 deceived, b my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is a from above, coming down from b the Father of lights, c with whom there is no variation or 1 shifting shadow. In the exercise of a His will He b brought us forth by c the word of truth, so that we would be 1 a kind of d first fruits 2 among His creatures.
Endure these things with this convidence: God has no desire for us to fall. He brought us forth so that we would be the beginning of a new holy humanity.
1 This a you know, b my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, c slow to speak and d slow to anger; for a the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, a putting aside all filthiness and all 1 that remains of wickedness, in 2 humility receive b the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
Therefore, knowing this, put aside anger and hasty speech and with humility receive the word of God.
a But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his 1 natural face a in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, 1 he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, a the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but 1 an effectual doer, this man will be b blessed in 2 what he does.
Listen with the intent to live on this word for in this way you will be blessed.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not 1 a bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion a in the sight of our God and Father is this: to b visit c orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained 1 by d the world.
The true evidence of Godward obedience to this implanted word is humility, mercy, and purity.