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James 1

James :Introduction 1 2 3 4 5

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1 From James, a servant of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1.1 Mt 13.55; Mk 6.3; Ac 15.13; Ga 1.19.
Greetings to the twelve tribes scattered all over the world.
a 1.1 twelve tribes scattered all over the world: James is saying that the Lord's followers are like the tribes of Israel that were scattered everywhere by their enemies.
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1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
Faith and Wisdom
2 My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble.
1.2 Ws 3.5
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
temptation: or, trials
3 You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won't correct you for asking.
1.5 Ws 8.21; Si 51.13
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 when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm. 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.
7-8 If you are that kind of person, you can't make up your mind, and you surely can't be trusted. So don't expect the Lord to give you anything at all. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Poor People and Rich People
9 Any of God's people who are poor should be glad that he thinks so highly of them.
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
rejoice: or, glory
10 But any who are rich should be glad when God makes them humble. Rich people will disappear like wild flowers
1.10,11 Is 40.6,7 (LXX).
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 scorched by the burning heat of the sun. The flowers lose their blossoms, and their beauty is destroyed. That is how the rich will disappear, as they go about their business. 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.
Trials and Temptations
12 God will bless you, if you don't give up when your faith is being tested. He will reward you with a glorious life,
b 1.12 a glorious life: The Greek text has “the crown of life.” In ancient times an athlete who had won a contest was rewarded with a crown of flowers as a sign of victory.
just as he rewards everyone who loves him.
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.
13 Don't blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn't use evil to tempt others.
1.13 Si 15.11
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:
evil: or, evils
14 We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Don't be fooled, my dear friends.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing. 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 He wanted us to be his own special people,
c 1.18 his own special people: The Greek text has “the first of his creatures.” The Law of Moses taught that the first-born of all animals and the first part of the harvest were special and belonged to the Lord.
and so he sent the true message to give us new birth.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Hearing and Obeying
19 My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry.
1.19 Si 5.11.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things that God wants done. 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 You must stop doing anything immoral or evil. Instead be humble and accept the message that is planted in you to save you. 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 Obey God's message! Don't fool yourselves by just listening to it.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 If you hear the message and don't obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror 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 and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don't just hear and forget. 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.
deed: or, doing
26 If you think you are being religious, but can't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and everything you do is useless.
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 Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil. 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.

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