James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad,
 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
 Knowing this, that the
trying of your faith worketh patience.
 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect
and entire, wanting nothing.
 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.
 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.
 For let not that man think that he
shall receive any thing of the Lord.
 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
 Let the brother
of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower
of the grass he shall pass away.
 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.
 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.
 Let no man
say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he
 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
not err, my beloved brethren.
 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.
 Of his own will
begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
 For the wrath
of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of
naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
 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:
 For he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also
a poor man in vile raiment;
 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto
him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
 Hearken, my beloved
brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he
hath promised to them that love him?
 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you,
and draw you before the judgment seats?
 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which
ye are called?
 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself, ye do well:
 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as
 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of
 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery,
yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall
be judged by the law of liberty.
 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and
mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works? can faith save him?
 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them
not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
 Even so faith, if it hath not works,
is dead, being alone.
 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without
thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
 Thou believest that there is one God; thou