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Chapter One

Ja. 1:1 James a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ to the twelve tribes in the dispersion, greetings.

Ja. 1:2 Consider it all joy my brothers, when you encounter various trials,

Ja. 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Ja. 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Ja. 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all generously without reproach and it will be given to him.

Ja. 1:6 But he must ask in faith without doubting. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, being blown and tossed by the wind.

Ja. 1:7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,

Ja. 1:8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Ja. 1:9 Let the brother who is humble glory in his high position;

Ja. 1:10 and the rich man glory in his low position because as a flower of grass, he will pass away.

Ja. 1:11 For the sun rises with its burning heat and withers the grass; and its flower falls and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So also the rich man in all his pursuits will fade away.

Ja. 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures trials because when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which is promised to those who love him.

Ja. 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one.

Ja. 1:14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust;

Ja. 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is full-grown, it brings forth death.

Ja. 1:16 Do not be deceived my beloved brethren.

Ja. 1:17 All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights of whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Ja. 1:18 Having willed it, he brought us forth by the word of truth that we would be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Ja. 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.

Ja. 1:20 For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Ja. 1:21 Therefore having put away all filth and remains of evil, with humility receive the implanted word which is able to save your lives (being).

Ja. 1:22 Become doers of the word and not only hearers who deceive yourselves.

Ja. 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who studies his natural face in a mirror;

Ja. 1:24 for he understands himself and goes away and immediately forgets what sort of person he was.

Ja. 1:25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of liberty and continues to do this, and does not become a forgetful hearer but an active doer—this one is blessed in his doing.

Ja. 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.

Ja. 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress; to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Chapter Two

Ja. 2:1 My brethren, do not hold with favoritism the faith of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

Ja. 2:2 For example, if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring in fine clothes and there also comes in a poor man in shabby clothes,

Ja. 2:3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand or sit there under my footstool,”

Ja. 2:4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

Ja. 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

Ja. 2:6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and they (personally) drag you into courts?

Ja. 2:7 Do they not blaspheme the good name which has been called upon you?

Ja. 2:8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, ——“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well.

Ja. 2:9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin while being convicted by the law as transgressors.

Ja. 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point has become guilty of all.

Ja. 2:11 For He who said, “DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” also said, “DO NOT COMMIT MURDER.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

Ja. 2:12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by a law of liberty.

Ja. 2:13 For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.

Ja. 2:14 What good is it, my brethren, if someone says to have faith but he has no works? This kind of faith is not able to save him, is it?

Ja. 2:15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,

Ja. 2:16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is needed for their body, what use is that?

Ja. 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

Ja. 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have works. Show me your faith without works and I will show from works my faith.”

Ja. 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and tremble with fear.

Ja. 2:20 But are you willing to acknowledge, O (you) empty man that faith without works is useless.

Ja. 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

Ja. 2:22 You see that faith was working with his works, and out of works, faith was completed.

Ja. 2:23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God and it was credited to him for righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.

Ja. 2:24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

Ja. 2:25 In the same way, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified out of works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?

Ja. 2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Chapter Three

Ja. 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers my brothers, knowing that we will receive a greater judgement.

Ja. 3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control the entire body as well.

Ja. 3:3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we control their entire body as well.

Ja. 3:4 Look at the ships also, though they are great, are driven by strong winds, are still steered by a small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

Ja. 3:5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet boasts of great things. See how small a fire can set ablaze a great forest.

Ja. 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of injustice. The tongue is set among the members of our bodies, which
pollutes the entire body and sets on fire the course of our life and is set on fire by hell.

Ja. 3:7 For all kinds of animals, both of birds, of reptiles and sea creatures are subdued and have been subdued by natural man.

Ja. 3:8 But no human being is able to subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Ja.3:9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;

Ja. 3:10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

Ja. 3:11 Does a spring bring forth both fresh and bitter water from the same opening?

Ja. 3:12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water.

Ja. 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

Ja. 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and tell lies against the truth.

Ja. 3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes from above but is earthly, natural, demonic.

Ja. 3:16 For where there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every vile practice.

Ja. 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

Ja. 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Chapter Four
Ja. 4:1 From where do the conflicts and from where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from here— from your passions that battle in your members?

Ja. 4:2 You lust and do not have; you murder and are envious and are not able to obtain; you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask;

Ja. 4:3 you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your passions.

Ja. 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be friends of the world, makes himself an enemy of God.

Ja. 4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture says to no purpose: “The Spirit which he (God) caused to dwell in us longs to the point of jealousy to control us?

Ja. 4:6 But he gives greater grace; Therefore it says,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”

Ja. 4:7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Ja. 4:8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Ja. 4:9 Grieve, mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Ja. 4:10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

Ja. 4:11 Do not speak against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother or judges a brother speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.

Ja. 4:12 There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and destroy; but who are you who is judging the neighbor.

Ja. 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such a city, and spend a year there and do business and make a profit,”

Ja. 4:14 seeing that you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes.

Ja. 4:15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

Ja. 4:16 But now you boast in your arrogant assumptions; all such boasting is evil.

Ja. 4:17 Therefore, whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Chapter Five

Ja. 5:1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.

Ja.5:2 Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten.

Ja. 5:3 Your gold and your silver have corroded; and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. You have hoarded up treasure in the last days!

Ja. 5:4 Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your
fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

Ja. 5:5 You have lived a life of self-indulgence upon the earth and have led a life of luxury; you have fattened your hearts in the day of slaughter.

Ja. 5:6 You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous man; he does not resist you.

Ja. 5:7 Therefore, be patient brethren until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the valuable crop of the land, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains.

Ja. 5:8 You to be patient, strengthen your hearts because the coming of the Lord is near.

Ja. 5:9 Do not complain, brethren against against one another, so that you will not be judged. Behold, the judge stands before the door.

Ja. 5:10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Ja. 5:11 Take, for example! We regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of what the Lord did that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Ja. 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.

Ja. 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone happy? He should sing praises.

Ja. 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Ja. 5:15 And the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him, and if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.

Ja. 5:16 Therefore confess out your sins to one another and pray for one another so you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous man is powerful in its action.

Ja. 5:17 Elijah was a human being with a nature like us and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

Ja. 5:18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit.

Ja. 5:19 My brethren, if anyone among you should wander from the truth and someone should turn him back,

Ja. 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way, will save this person from death and will cover a multitude of sins.