Main point summary
Beloved christians, do not be deceived, for good and perfect gift is from above, governs by predetermined plan, birth us, so that we be the firstfruits of all creation.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Μὴ πλανᾶσθε, ἀδελφοί μου ἀγαπητοί.
Be not deceived, my beloved brothers.
z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
πᾶσα δόσις ἀγαθὴ καὶ πᾶν δώρημα τέλειον ἄνωθέν ἐστιν
all good gift and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from a the Father of lights
καταβαῖνον ἀπὸ τοῦ πατρὸς τῶν φώτων,
coming down from the father of light,
b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1
παρʼ ᾧ οὐκ ἔνι παραλλαγὴ ἢ τροπῆς ἀποσκίασμα.
from whom there not ever a change.
c Of his own will
according to His will
he d brought us forth by the word of truth,
ἀπεκύησεν ἡμᾶς λόγῳ ἀληθείας
he gave us birth by the word of truth,
e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς ἀπαρχήν τινα τῶν αὐτοῦ κτισμάτων.
in order for us to be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. we