1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the
twelve tribes who are scattered abroad, greetings.
2My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into different
temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith
works patience. 4But let patience have its perfect work,
so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men
liberally and does not upbraid; and it shall be given him. 6But
let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he who wavers is like a wave
of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For do not let that
man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double
minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the brother
of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10But the rich, in
that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withers
the grass and its flower falls and the grace of its fashion perishes: so
also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12Blessed
is the man who endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither does he tempt any man:
14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust
and enticed. 15Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin:
and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. 16Do not err,
my beloved brothers. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift
is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18He became the father
of us by his own will with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of
first fruits of his creatures.
19Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every
man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20For the
wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God. 21Therefore
lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive the engrafted
word with meekness, which is able to save your souls. 22But be
doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23For if any is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like
to a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholds
himself and goes his way and immediately forgets what manner of man he was.
25But who ever looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues
in it, he not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work,
this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26If any man among you
seems to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own
heart, this man's religion is vain. 27Pure religion and
undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and
widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the
1My brothers, do not have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there
comes to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel and there
comes in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And you have respect
to him who wears the gay clothing and say to him, Sit here in a good place;
and say to the poor, Stand there, or sit here under my footstool:
4Are you not then partial in yourselves and are become judges
of evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen
the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has
promised to those who love him? 6But you have despised the poor.
Do not rich men oppress you and draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do they not blaspheme that worthy name by the which you are called?
8If you fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, You shall
love your neighbor as yourself, you do well: 9But if you have
respect to persons, you commit sin and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10For whoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one
point, he is guilty of all. 11For he who said, Do not
commit adultery, also said, Do not kill. Now if you do not commit adultery,
yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law. 12So
speak and so do, as those who shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has shown no
mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
14What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say
he has faith and has no works? can faith save him? 15If a brother
or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you
says to them, depart in peace, be warmed and filled; but you do not give
them those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit?
17Even so faith, if it does not have works, is dead, being alone.
18Yes, a man may say, You have faith and I have works: show me
your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works.
19You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also
believe and tremble. 20But will you know, O vain man, that faith
without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified
by works, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22Do
you see how faith wrought with his works and by works was faith made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed
God and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend
of God. 24You see then how that by works a man is justified and
not by faith only. 25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified
by works, when she had received the messengers and had sent them
out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so also faith without works is dead.
1My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive
the greater condemnation. 2For in many things we offend all. If
any man does not offend in word, the same is a perfect man,
and able also to bridle the whole body. 3Behold, we put
bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their
whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though they are
so great and are driven of fierce winds, yet they are turned about
with a very small helm, where ever the governor wishes 5Even so
the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. Behold, how great
a matter a little fire kindles! 6And the tongue is a
fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles
the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire
of hell. 7For every kind of beast and of birds and of serpents
and of things in the sea, is tamed and has been tamed of mankind:
8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil,
full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless God, even the Father;
and with it we curse men, who are made after the similitude of God.
10Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers,
these things ought not to be so. 11Does a fountain send forth
at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12Can the fig
tree, my brothers, bear olive berries? or a vine, figs? so no fountain
can yield both salt water and fresh.
13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?
let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do
not glory and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom does not
descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16For where envying and strife is, there is
confusion and every evil work. 17But the wisdom that is from above
is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of those who
1From where do wars and fightings come among you? Do
they not come from here, even of your lusts that war in
your members? 2You lust and do not have: you kill and desire to
have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you do not have , because
you do not ask. 3You ask, and do not receive, because you ask
amiss, so that you may consume it on your lusts. 4You
adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that the friendship of the world
is enmity with God? who ever therefore will be a friend of the world is the
enemy of God. 5 Do you think that the scripture says in vain,
The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? 6But he gives more
grace. Therefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will
flee from you. 8Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts,
you double minded. 9Be afflicted and mourn and weep: let your
laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness.
10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift
11Do not speak evil of one another, brothers. He who speaks evil
of his brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and
judges the law: but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law,
but a judge. 12There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and
to destroy: who are you who judges another? 13Go on now, you that
say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and continue there a year
and buy and sell and get gain: 14When you do not know what shall
be tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that
appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. 15For you
ought to say, If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this, or that.
16But now you rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is
evil. 17Therefore to him who knows to do good and does it
not, to him it is sin.
1Go on now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that
shall come on you. 2Your riches are corrupted and your
garments are moth eaten. 3Your gold and silver is tarnished; and
their tarnish shall be a witness against you and shall eat your flesh as
if it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields,
which is kept back by you by fraud, cries: and the cries of those who have
reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Hosts. 5You have
lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have nourished your
hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and
killed the just; and he does not resist you. 7Be patient
therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits
for the precious fruit of the earth and has long patience for it, until he
receive the early and latter rain. 8Be also patient; establish
your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near. 9Do not grudge
against one another, brothers, lest you be condemned: behold, the judge stands
before the door. 10Take, my brothers, the prophets, who have spoken
in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience.
11Behold, we count them happy who endure. You have heard of the
patience of Job and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very
pitiful and of tender mercy.
12But above all things, my brothers, do not swear, neither by
heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath: but let your yes be yes;
and your no, no; lest you fall into condemnation. 13Is
any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church;
and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall
raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16Confess your faults to one another and pray for one
another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous
man avails much. 17Elijah was a man subject to like passions as
we are and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it did not rain
on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18And
he prayed again and the heaven gave rain and the earth brought forth her
fruit. 19Brothers, if any of you errs from the truth and one converts
him; 20Let him know, that he who converts the sinner from the
error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude