Main point summary
Be doers of the word and not listeners only, then you will survive trials, be more stable in your faith, will not likely fall away or succomb to temptations, will be able to control your tongue, and live a pure life full of love and caring for others.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds,
( Therefore) Be happy when you are being tested
for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness.
Because you are aware that your trials make you more Christlike
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
and in being more Christlike, let it work in you to perfect and complete you so that you need nothing more.
j 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.
Therefore ask for wisdom if needed and God will pour out His wisdom upon you without finding fault, freely.
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.
But ask in faith. Don't doubt. If you doubt you will vacillate and not wholly believe.
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
Therefore you will doubt you will get anything good from God.
p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
Becaus e you are then unsure and unstable in eveything
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
Therefore allow the poor "brother" (fellow believer) have joy in his status (as a son of God)
and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away.
and on the other hand the wealthy in his pretension, is as the tiny blooms of grass and will just dry up.
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.
Because when the heats gets turned up the wealthy can't take it and will fall away (from his superficial faith in 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.
Therefore the man who trusts in God through trials and does not fall away will afterwards receive Salvation which was promised by God.
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.
No one should say that he is being tempted by God. Because God cannot be tempted and tempts no one
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
But, each person has desires of his own which tempt him.
Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Then as desire gets full blown turns into sin and then sin causes death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Therefore don't be fooled, 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
As God gives us only good and perfect gifts and he never changes in any way.
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.
(and) of He chose us and brought us to salvation by the Word that we would be regenerated through his Son Jesus.
g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger;
Therefore something you should know and believe--listen intently, speak with good intent and by all means check your anger.
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Because the righteousness of God is not shown in anger.
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.
Therefore Clean up your mouth and crude actions and humbly believe in and follow after Jesus for your salvation.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Nevertheless- be obedient to the word and do it, and not just listen to it letting go in one ear and out the other.
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 if one hears only and does not do the word, he resembles a man who clearly sees himself as a sinner in a mirror
For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
For he sees what he is really like but walks away and quickly forgets or puts it out of his mind continuing to believe he is saved.
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.
However, he who studies the Word of God and stands firm in it, will be rewarded.
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless.
IF someone use his tongue for berating, lying, bragging and such and at the same time thinks he is saved, he is only fooling himself. He really is not saved at all.
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.
Then what is pure and holy before God is a heart full of love and caring for those who are afflicted and to keep oneself from getting entangled by the world system.