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James 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:1 - James, a servant[fn] of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

Testing of Your Faith

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:2 - Count it all joy, my brothers,[fn] when you meet trials of various kinds,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:3 - for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:4 - And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:6 - But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:7 - For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:8 - he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:9 - Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:10 - and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[fn] he will pass away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:11 - For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:12 - Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:13 - Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:14 - But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:15 - Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:16 - Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:18 - Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Hearing and Doing the Word

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:19 - Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:20 - for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:21 - Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:22 - But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:23 - For 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:24 - For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:25 - But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:26 - If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:27 - Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
ESV Footnotes
For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 16, 19
Or a wild flower
Some manuscripts variation due to a shadow of turning

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