1James, a servantof Godandof the LordJesusChrist, to thetwelvetribeswhich arescattered abroad, greeting.
2Mybrethren, count italljoywhenye fall intodiverstemptations; 3Knowing this, thatthe tryingof yourfaithworkethpatience. 4Butlet patiencehave her perfectwork, thatye may beperfectandentire, wantingnothing.
5Ifanyof youlackwisdom, let him askofGod, that givethto all men liberally, andupbraidethnot; andit shall be givenhim. 6Butlet him askinfaith, nothingwavering. Forhe that waverethis likea waveof the seadriven with the windandtossed. 7Forlet notthatmanthinkthathe shall receiveany thingofthe Lord. 8A double mindedman is unstableinallhisways.
9Letthe brotherof low degreerejoiceinthat heis exalted: 10Butthe rich, inthat heis made low: becauseasthe flowerof the grasshe shall pass away. 11Forthe sunis no sooner risenwitha burning heat, butit withereththe grass, andthe flowerthereoffalleth, andthe graceof the fashionof itperisheth: soalsoshallthe rich manfade awayinhisways.
12Blessed is the manthatendurethtemptation: forwhen he istried, he shall receivethe crownof life, whichthe Lordhath promisedto themthat lovehim. 13Let no mansaywhenhe is tempted, I am temptedofGod: forGodcannot be temptedwith evil, neithertemptethheany man: 14Butevery manis tempted, when he is drawn awayofhis ownlust, andenticed. 15Then whenlusthath conceived, it bringeth forthsin: andsin, when it is finished, bringeth forthdeath.
16Donoterr, mybelovedbrethren. 17Everygoodgiftandeveryperfectgiftisfrom above, and cometh downfromthe Fatherof lights, withwhomisnovariableness, neithershadowof turning. 18Of his own willbegat heuswith the wordof truth, that weshould bea kindof firstfruitsof hiscreatures.
19Wherefore, mybelovedbrethren, let everymanbeswifttohear, slowtospeak, slowtowrath: 20Forthe wrathof manworkethnotthe righteousnessof God. 21Whereforelay apartallfilthinessandsuperfluityof naughtiness, and receivewithmeeknessthe engraftedword, whichis ableto saveyoursouls.
22Butbeye doersof the word, andnothearersonly, deceivingyour own selves. 23Forifanybe a hearerof the word, andnota doer, heislike untoa manbeholdinghisnaturalfaceina glass: 24Forhe beholdethhimself, andgoeth his way, andstraightwayforgettethwhat manner of manhe was. 25Butwhoso lookethintothe perfectlawof liberty, andcontinueth therein, hebeingnota forgetfulhearer, buta doerof the work, this manshall beblessedinhisdeed.
26Ifany manamongyouseemto bereligious, and bridlethnothistongue, butdeceivethhis ownheart, this man’sreligion is vain. 27PurereligionandundefiledbeforeGodandthe Fatheristhis, To visitthe fatherlessandwidowsintheiraffliction, and to keephimselfunspottedfromthe world.