James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the 12 tribes in the Dispersion: greetings.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,
3knowing that the testing of your trust produces endurance.
4Now let endurance have its complete effect, so that you become mature and whole, lacking in nothing.
5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God for it, who gives to everyone generously and without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in trust, doubting nothing, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed around by the wind.
7Indeed, that person must not think that he will receive anything from the Lord.
8A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Now let the brother in lowly circumstances boast in his high position,
10and the rich brother in that he is made low, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.
11For the sun rises with a burning heat and withers the grass, and its flower falls off, and the beauty of its face perishes. So also the rich person will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.
No one should say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself does not tempt anyone.
But each person
is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own desire.
Then the desire, when it has conceived, brings forth sin, and the sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.
Do not be led astray, my beloved brothers!
17All giving that is good and every gift that is perfect is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, nor shifting shadow cast by his changing.
18By his own choice he gave birth to us by means of the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of firstfruits of his creation.
19You know this, my beloved brothers!Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger,
20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
21Therefore, putting away all moral filth and wickedness (of which there is an abundance), receive with meekness the word that has been planted in you, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
23For 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 he looks intently at himself and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like.
25But the one who looks closely into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and continues in it, not being a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, this person will be blessed in what he does.
26If anyone thinks he is religious, while not bridling his tongue but deceiving his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
27Religion that is pure and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to care for the orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.