Chapter 1James

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1 James, bondman of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes :in the Dispersion, †greeting.
 
2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold †temptations; 3 knowing that the proving of your :faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have perfect work, that ye be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of :God, who giveth to all simply and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for who doubteth is like a sea wave, driven by wind and tossed. 7 For let not that :man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord; 8 a double-minded man, unstable in all his :ways. 9 But let the humble :brother glory in his :exaltation: 10 and the rich, in his :humiliation: because as a flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For once the sun has arisen with the scorching wind, and it has withered the grass; and its flower is fallen, and the grace of its †:fashion is perished; thus also shall the rich man fade away in his :goings. 12 Blessed the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of :life, which He promised to them that love him. 13 Let no one say when tempted [that], I am tempted from God; for :God is †unversed in evils, and he himself tempteth no one: 14 but each is tempted, being drawn away by his own :lust, and enticed. 15 Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin fullgrown bringeth forth death. 16 Be not deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the lights, with whom is no variation, neither shadow cast by turning. 18 With intent he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we be a kind of firstfruits of his :creatures.
 
19 Ye know this, my beloved brethren. But let every man be swift to :hear, slow to :speak, slow to wrath: 20 for man’s wrath worketh not God’s righteousness. 21 Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your :souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
 
23 For if any is hearer of the word and not doer, HE is like a man beholding †his natural face in a mirror: 24 for he †beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But who †looketh into the perfect law, the law of :liberty, and continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer of work, this man shall be blessed in his :doing. 26 If any thinketh himself to be religious, not bridling his own tongue but deceiving his own heart, the religion of this man is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before our :God and Father is this, to visit orphans and widows in their :affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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