The Testing of Your Faith
1 Or Jacob James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes who are Lit in the Dispersiondispersed abroad: Greetings.
2Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various Or temptationstrials,
3knowing that the testing of your faith produces Or steadfastnessendurance.
4And let Or steadfastnessendurance have its perfect Lit workresult, so that you may be Or matureperfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and Lit does not reproachwithout reproach, and it will be given to him.
6But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
7For that person ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,
8being a I.e., a chronic doubterdouble-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9Now the brother or sister of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;
10but the rich person is to glory in his Or downfallhumiliation, because like Lit the flower of the grassflowering grass he will pass away.
11For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so also the rich person, in the midst of his pursuits, will die out.
12Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has Or passed the testbeen approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
13No one is to say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted Lit fromby God”; for God cannot be tempted Lit of evil thingsby evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
14But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
15Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it has run its course, brings forth death.
16Do not be Or misleddeceived, my beloved brothers and sisters.
17Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or Lit shadow of turningshifting shadow.
18In the exercise of His will He gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would be Or a certain first fruitsa kind of first fruits Lit ofamong His creatures.
19 Or Know this You know this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Now everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;
20for a man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness of God.
21Therefore, ridding yourselves of all filthiness and all Lit abundance of malicethat remains of wickedness, in Or gentlenesshumility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
22But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves.
23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his Lit the face of his birth; or naturenatural face in a mirror;
24for once he has looked at himself and gone away, Lit and hehe has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
25But one who has looked intently at the perfect law, the law of freedom, and has continued in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but Lit a doer of a workan active doer, this person will be blessed in Lit his doingwhat he does.
26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, yet does not Or controlbridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
27Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained Lit fromby the world.