James, a servant
of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes ... Greetings.
in the Dispersion:
Count it all joy, my brothers,
when you meet trials
of various kinds,
for you know
that the testing ... produces steadfastness.
of your faith
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
that you may be perfect and complete,
lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask God,
who gives generously
and it will be given him.
But let him ask
with no doubting,
for the one
who doubts is like 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;
he is a double- minded man,
unstable in all his ways.
Let the lowly brother boast
in his exaltation,
and the rich
in his humiliation,
because ... he will pass away.
like a flower of the grass
For the sun rises with its scorching heat
and withers the grass;
its flower falls,
and its beauty perishes.
So also will the rich man fade away
in the midst of his pursuits.
Blessed is the man
who remains steadfast
for .. . he will receive the crown
when he has stood the test
which God has promised
who love him.
when he is tempted,
Let no one say ... “I am being tempted
for God cannot be tempted
and he himself tempts no one.
But each person is tempted
when he is lured
by his own desire.
when it has conceived
Then desire ... gives birth to sin,
and sin ... brings forth death.
when it is fully grown
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Every good gift
and every perfect gift is
from the Father
with whom there is no variation
or shadow due to change.
Of his own will
he brought us forth
by the word of truth,
that we should be a kind
of his creatures.
Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person be
quick to hear,
slow to speak,
slow to anger;
for the anger ... does not produce the righteousness
Therefore put away
and rampant wickedness
and receive ... the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls.
But be doers
of the word,
and not hearers only,
of the word
For if anyone is a hearer ... 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
the law of liberty,
who looks into the perfect law, ... and perseveres,
being no hearer
but a doer
he will be blessed
in his doing.
If anyone thinks he is religious
and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his heart,
this person’s religion is worthless.
before God, the Father,
Religion that is pure and undefiled ... is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
My brothers, show no partiality
as you hold the faith
in our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord of glory.
For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes
into your assembly,
and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing
and say, “You sit here in a good place,”
while you say to the poor man,
“You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”
have you not then made distinctions
and become judges
with evil thoughts?
Listen, my beloved brothers,
has not God chosen those
who are poor in the world
to be rich
of the kingdom,
which he has promised
who love him?
But you have dishonored the poor man.
Are not the rich the ones
who oppress you,
and the ones
who drag you
Are they not the ones
who blaspheme the honorable name
by which you were called?
If you really fulfill the royal law ... you are doing well.
according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,”
But if you show partiality,
you are committing sin
and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
For whoever keeps the whole law
but fails in one point has become accountable
for all of it.
For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.”
If you do not commit adultery
but do murder,
you have become a transgressor
of the law.
and so act
as those who are to be judged
under the law of liberty.
For judgment is without mercy
to one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe— and shudder!
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”— and he was called a friend of God.
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
audience is scattered Jewish Christians twelve tribes, Dispersion, brothers
The reason we can count it all joy when we meet trials is this: Trials of all kinds serve to test our faith This testing produces steadfastness/faithfulness/ loyalty This process of proving faithfulness has the effect of bringing us to completion and making us whole.
God is the source of wisdom and He gives it generously to all who ask without putting them off.
When asking God for wisdom (or anything), ask like this: in faith and with no doubt.
The person who doubts God is like this: driven and tossed about like a wave on the sea causing his own reason for God to deny his request. double-minded which makes him always unstable