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Testing Your Faith

1 IaJames, a bbond-servant of God and cof the Lord Jesus Christ,

¶ To dthe twelve tribes who are IIedispersed abroad: fGreetings.

[1] IOr Jacob IILit in the Dispersion aAc 12:17 bTit 1:1 cRo 1:1 dLk 22:30 eJn 7:35 fAc 15:23

2aConsider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter bvarious Itrials, 3 knowing that athe testing of your bfaith produces Icendurance. 4 And let Iaendurance have [its] perfect IIresult, so that you may be IIIbperfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

[2] IOr temptations aMt 5:12; Jm 1:12; 5:11 b1P 1:6
[3] IOr steadfastness a1P 1:7 bHe 6:12 cLk 21:19
[4] IV 3, note 1 IILit work IIIOr mature aLk 21:19 bMt 5:48; Col 4:12

5 ¶ But if any of you alacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and Iwithout reproach, and bit will be given to him. 6 But he must aask in faith bwithout any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, cdriven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 [being] a Iadouble-minded man, bunstable in all his ways.

[5] ILit does not reproach a1K 3:9ff; Jm 3:17 bMt 7:7
[6] aMt 21:21 bMk 11:23; Ac 10:20 cMt 14:28-31; Ep 4:14
[8] IOr doubting, hesitating aJm 4:8 b2P 2:14

9aBut the Ibrother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man [is to glory] in his humiliation, because alike Iflowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with Iaa scorching wind and bwithers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

[9] II.e. church member aLk 14:11
[10] ILit the flower of the grass a1Co 7:31; 1P 1:24
[11] ILit the aMt 20:12 bPs 102:4, 11; Is 40:7f

12aBlessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has Ibeen approved, he will receive bthe crown of life which [the Lord] chas promised to those who dlove Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “aI am being tempted Iby God”; for God cannot be tempted IIby evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then awhen lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when bsin Iis accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 aDo not be Ideceived, bmy beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is afrom above, coming down from bthe Father of lights, cwith whom there is no variation or Ishifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of aHis will He bbrought us forth by cthe word of truth, so that we would be Ia kind of dfirst fruits IIamong His creatures.

[12] IOr passed the test aLk 6:22; Jm 5:11; 1P 3:14; 4:14 b1Co 9:25 cEx 20:6; Jm 2:5 d1Co 2:9; 8:3
[13] ILit from IILit of evil things aGn 22:1
[15] ILit is brought to completion aJb 15:35; Ps 7:14; Is 59:4 bRo 5:12; 6:23
[16] IOr misled a1Co 6:9 bAc 1:15; Jm 1:2, 19; 2:1, 5, 14; 3:1, 10; 4:11; 5:12, 19
[17] ILit shadow of turning aJn 3:3; Jm 3:15, 17 bPs 136:7; 1 Jn 1:5 cMal 3:6
[18] IOr a certain first fruits IILit of aJn 1:13 bJm 1:15; 1P 1:3, 23 c2Co 6:7; Ep 1:13; 2Ti 2:15 dJr 2:3; Rv 14:4

19I[This] ayou know, bmy beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, cslow to speak [and] dslow to anger; 20 for athe anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, aputting aside all filthiness and [all] Ithat remains of wickedness, in IIhumility receive bthe word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 aBut prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his Inatural face ain a mirror; 24 for [once] he has looked at himself and gone away, Ihe has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, athe [law] of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but Ian effectual doer, this man will be bblessed in IIwhat he does.

[19] IOr Know this a1 Jn 2:21 bAc 1:15; Jm 1:2, 16; 2:1, 5, 14; 3:1, 10; 4:11; 5:12, 19 cPv 10:19; 17:27 dPv 16:32; Ec 7:9
[20] aMt 5:22; Ep 4:26
[21] ILit abundance of malice IIOr gentleness aEp 4:22; 1P 2:1 bEp 1:13; 1P 1:22f
[22] aMt 7:24-27; Lk 6:46-49; Ro 2:13; Jm 1:22-25; 2:14-20
[23] ILit the face of his birth; or nature a1Co 13:12
[24] ILit and he
[25] ILit a doer of a work IILit his doing aJn 8:32; Ro 8:2; Ga 2:4; 6:2; Jm 2:12; 1P 2:16 bJn 13:17

26 ¶ If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not Iabridle his tongue but deceives his [own] heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion ain the sight of [our] God and Father is this: to bvisit corphans and widows in their distress, [and] to keep oneself unstained Iby dthe world.

[26] IOr control aPs 39:1; 141:3; Jm 3:2-12
[27] ILit from aRo 2:13; Ga 3:11 bMt 25:36 cDt 14:29; Jb 31:16, 17, 21; Ps 146:9; Is 1:17, 23 dMt 12:32; Ep 2:2; Tit 2:12; Jm 4:4; 2P 1:4; 2:20; 1 Jn 2:15-17


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We are to rejoice under the cross,

1 ¶ James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

[1] Ex 24:4; 28:21; 39:14; Lv 26:33; Dt 4:27; 28:64; 30:3; 32:26; 1K 18:31; Ezr 6:17; Es 3:8; Ezk 12:15; Mt 10:3; 13:55; 19:28; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:15; Jn 7:35; 12:26; Ac 1:13; 2:5; 8:1; 12:17; 15:13, 21, 23; 21:18; 23:26; 26:7; Ro 1:1; Ga 1:19; 2:9, 12; Php 1:1; 2Ti 4:21; Tit 1:1; 1P 1:1; 2P 1:1; Jde 1:1; Rv 7:4.
[2] Mt 5:10; Lk 6:22; Ac 5:41; Ro 8:17, 35; 2Co 12:9, 10; Php 1:29; 2:17; Col 1:24; He 10:34; 11:36; Jm 1:12; 1P 1:6; 4:13; 2P 2:9; Rv 2:10.
[3] Ro 2:7; 5:3; 8:25, 28; 15:4; 2Co 4:17; Col 1:11; 2Th 1:4; 3:5; He 10:36; 12:1; 2P 1:6.
[4] Jb 17:9; Ps 37:7; 40:1; Pv 4:8; Hab 2:3; Mt 5:48; 10:22; 19:20; Mk 10:21; Lk 8:15; 18:22; 21:19; Jn 17:23; 1Co 2:6; Ga 6:9; Php 3:12; Col 4:12; 2Ti 3:17; He 13:21; Jm 1:5; 3:2; 5:7; 1P 5:10; 2P 1:9; 1Jn 4:17.

to ask patience of God,

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

[5] Ex 31:3, 6; 36:1; 1K 3:7, 11; 1Ch 22:12; 2Ch 1:10; Jb 28:12; Pv 2:3; 3:5; 9:4; Is 55:6; Jr 1:6; 29:12, 13; Dn 2:18; Mt 7:7; 11:20; Mk 16:14; Lk 11:9; 15:20; Jn 4:10; 14:13; 15:7; 16:23; 2Co 2:16; Jm 1:17; 3:17; 5:16; 1Jn 3:22; 5:14.
[6] Gn 49:4; Mt 21:22; Mk 11:22; Ep 4:14; 1Ti 2:8; He 10:23; 11:6; 13:9; 2P 2:17; Jde 1:12.
[7] Pv 15:8; 21:27; Is 1:15; 58:3; Jm 4:3.
[8] 1K 18:21; 2K 17:33, 41; Is 29:13; Ho 7:8; 10:2; Mt 6:22, 24; Jm 4:8; 2P 2:14; 3:16.
[9] Dt 15:7, 9, 11; 1S 2:8; Ps 62:9; 113:7; Pv 17:5; 19:1; Jr 9:23; Lk 1:52; 9:48; 10:20; Ro 5:2; 8:17; 2Co 6:10; Php 3:3, 14; Jm 2:5; 1P 2:9; 1Jn 3:1; Rv 2:9; 5:9; 7:9.
[10] Jb 14:2; Ps 37:2, 35; 90:5; 102:11; 103:15; Is 40:6; 57:15; 66:2; Mt 5:3; 6:30; 1Co 7:31; Php 3:8; 1Ti 6:17; Jm 4:14; 1P 1:24; 1Jn 2:17.
[11] Jb 21:24; Ps 37:35; 49:6; 73:18; Ec 5:15; Is 28:1, 4; 40:7; 49:10; Jna 4:7; Mt 13:6; Mk 4:6; Lk 12:16; 16:19; 1Co 7:31; Jm 5:1; 1P 1:4; 5:4.
[12] Ex 20:6; Dt 7:9; 8:2; 13:3; Ne 1:5; Jb 5:17; Ps 5:11; 94:12; 119:67, 71, 75; Pv 3:11; 17:3; Is 64:4; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:2; Mt 10:22; 19:28; 25:34; Lk 22:28; Ro 2:7; 8:28; 1Co 2:9; 8:3; 9:25; 2Ti 4:8; He 6:15; 10:32; 11:17; 12:5; Jm 1:2; 2:5; 5:11; 1P 1:6, 7, 8; 4:13; 5:4, 10; 1Jn 4:19; Rv 2:10; 3:19, 21.

and in our trials not to impute our weakness, or sins, unto him,

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

[13] Gn 3:12; Is 63:17; Hab 2:12; Ro 9:19; Jm 1:2, 12.
[14] Gn 6:5; 8:21; Jsh 7:21; 2S 11:2; 1K 21:2; Jb 31:9, 27; Pv 4:23; Is 44:20; Ho 13:9; Mt 5:28; 15:18, 20; Mk 7:21, 22; Ro 7:11, 13; Ep 4:22; He 3:13; Jm 4:1.
[15] Gn 2:17; 3:6, 17; 4:5; Jb 15:35; Ps 7:14; 9:17; Is 59:4; Mi 2:1; Mt 26:14, 48; Ac 5:1; Ro 5:12; 6:21; Rv 20:14.
[16] Mt 22:29; Mk 12:24, 27; Ga 6:7; Php 2:12; 4:1; Col 2:4, 8; 2Ti 2:18; He 13:1; Jm 1:19; 2:5.
[17] Gn 1:2, 14; 41:16, 38; Ex 4:11; 31:3; 36:1; Nu 11:17, 25; 23:19; Dt 4:19; 1S 15:29; 1Ch 22:12; 29:19; 2Ch 1:11; Ps 19:1; 84:11; 122:6; Pv 2:6; Is 28:26; 45:7; 46:10; 60:19; Dn 2:21, 27; Mal 3:6; Mt 7:11; 11:25; 13:11; Lk 11:13; Jn 1:9; 3:27; 8:12; Ac 5:31; 11:18; Ro 6:23; 11:29, 30; 12:6; 1Co 4:7; 12:4; 2Co 4:6; Ep 1:18; 2:3, 8; 4:8; Php 1:29; Tit 3:3; He 1:11; 13:8; Jm 1:5; 3:15, 17; 1Jn 1:5; 4:10; 5:11; Rv 21:23; 22:5.
[18] Lv 23:10; Jr 2:3; Am 6:1; Jn 1:13; 3:3; Ro 4:17; 8:29; 9:15; 1Co 4:15; Ep 1:12; 2:4; Col 1:20; 2Th 2:13; He 12:23; Jm 1:21; 1P 1:3, 23; 1Jn 3:9; Rv 14:4.

but rather to hearken to the Word, to meditate in it, and to do thereafter:

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

[19] Ne 8:2, 12, 18; 9:3, 17; Pv 8:32; 10:19; 13:3; 14:17, 29; 15:2, 18; 16:32; 17:14, 27; 18:13, 21; 19:11, 19; 21:23; 25:28; Ec 5:1, 2; 7:8; Mt 5:22; Mk 2:2; 12:37; Lk 15:1; 19:48; Ac 2:42; 10:33; 13:42, 48; 17:11; Ga 5:20; Ep 4:26, 31; Col 3:8, 15; 1Th 2:13; Jm 1:26; 3:1.
[20] Nu 20:11; 2Ti 2:24; Jm 3:17.
[21] Ps 25:9; Is 2:20; 29:19; 30:22; 61:1; Ezk 18:31; 36:25; Zp 2:3; Mt 5:5; Jn 6:63, 68; Ac 10:33; 13:26; Ro 1:16; 6:17; 11:17; 13:12; 1Co 15:2; 2Co 7:1; Ep 1:13; 4:22; 5:4; Col 3:5; 1Th 1:5; 2:13; 2Ti 3:15; Tit 2:11; He 2:3; 4:2; 12:1; Jm 4:8; 1P 1:9; 2:1, 11.
[22] Is 44:20; Ob 1:3; Mt 7:21; 12:50; 28:20; Lk 6:46; 11:28; 12:47; Jn 13:17; Ro 2:13; 1Co 3:18; 6:9; 15:33; Ga 6:3, 7; Php 4:8; Col 3:17; 2Ti 3:13; Tit 3:3; Jm 1:26; 4:17; 2P 2:13; 1Jn 1:8; 2:3; 3:7; 3Jn 1:11; Rv 12:9; 22:7.
[23] Jr 44:16; Ezk 33:31; Mt 7:26; Lk 6:47; Jm 2:14.
[24] Jg 8:18; Mt 8:27; Lk 1:66; 7:39; 1Th 1:5; 2P 3:11.
[25] 1S 12:14; Ps 19:7, 11; 106:3; 119:2, 32, 45, 96; Pv 14:15; Is 8:20; Lk 6:47; 11:28; Jn 8:31, 32, 36; 13:17; 15:9; Ac 2:42; 13:43; 26:22; Ro 2:7; 7:12, 22; 8:15; 11:22; 1Co 15:58; 2Co 3:17; 13:5; Ga 5:1; Col 1:23; 1Ti 2:15; 4:16; He 12:15; Jm 1:23; 2:12; 1P 2:16; 1Jn 2:24; Rv 14:13; 22:14.

otherwise men may seem, but never be truly religious.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain. 27 Pure 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 world.

[26] Dt 11:16; Ps 32:9; 34:13; 39:1; 141:3; Pv 10:19, 31; 13:2; 14:12; 15:2; 16:10, 25; 19:1; 21:26; Is 1:13; 44:20; Mal 3:14; Mt 15:9; Mk 7:7; Lk 8:18; 1Co 3:18; 15:2, 15; Ga 2:6, 9; 3:4; 6:3; Ep 4:29; 5:4; Col 4:6; Jm 1:19, 22; 2:20; 3:2; 1P 3:10.
[27] Jb 29:12; 31:15; Ps 68:5; 119:1; Is 1:16; 58:6; Mt 5:8; 25:34; Lk 1:6; Jn 17:14; Ro 12:2; Ga 1:4; 5:6; 6:9, 14; Col 3:1; 1Ti 1:5; 5:4; Jm 3:17; 4:4; 1Jn 2:15; 3:17; 5:4, 18.


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