3:1My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
3:2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3:3Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
3:4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
3:5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
3:6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
3:7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
3:8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
3:9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
3:10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
3:11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
3:12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
3:13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
3:14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
3:15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
3:16For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
3:17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
3:18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
4:1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
4:2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
4:3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4:4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
4:5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
4:6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
4:7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
4:8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
4:9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
4:10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
4:11Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
4:12There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
4:13Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
4:14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
4:15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
4:16But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
4:17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
5:1Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
5:2Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
5:3Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
5:4Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5:5Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
5:6Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
5:7Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
5:8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
5:9Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
5:10Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
5:11Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
5:12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
5:13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
5:14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
5:15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
5:16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
5:17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
5:18And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
5:19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
5:20Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.