Main point summary
James 1 : We must have a honest and humble understanding of who we are and how God wants to help us live a holy life, temporary as it is. During uncertain times we can ask for His help and guidance, which He will generously give. In response, God expects us to follow His word and to persevere in helping others in need and resisting sin.
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.
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.
Joy in trials
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.
Prayer and 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.
Position, Riches, and Glory are all fleeting
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. 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.
Perseverance during trials
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. 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.
The implanted word produces effectual doers
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.