James, a servant of God
and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the
Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into
various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces
endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and
complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of
God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given
to him. But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is
like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. For let that man not
think that he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded
man, unstable in all his ways.
But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position; and
the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass,
he will pass away. For the sun arises with the scorching wind, and withers
the grass, and the flower in it falls, and the beauty of its appearance
perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in his pursuits.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he
will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love
Let no man say when he is tempted, ďI am tempted by God,Ē for God canít be
tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when
he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it has
conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, produces death.
Donít be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect
gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be
no variation, nor turning shadow. Of his own will he gave birth to us by the
word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.