1:1James, bondman of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the dispersion, greeting.
1:2Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into various temptations,
1:3knowing that the proving of your faith works endurance.
1:4But let endurance have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
1:5But if any one of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all freely and reproaches not, and it shall be given to him:
1:6but let him ask in faith, nothing doubting. For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed about;
1:7for let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord;
1:8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
1:9But let the brother of low degree glory in his elevation,
1:10and the rich in his humiliation, because as the grass's flower he will pass away.
1:11For the sun has risen with its burning heat, and has withered the grass, and its flower has fallen, and the comeliness of its look has perished: thus the rich also shall wither in his goings.
1:12Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for, having been proved, he shall receive the crown of life, which He has promised to them that love him.
1:13Let no man, being tempted, say, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted by evil things, and himself tempts no one.
1:14But every one is tempted, drawn away, and enticed by his own lust;
1:15then lust, having conceived, gives birth to sin; but sin fully completed brings forth death.
1:16Do not err, my beloved brethren.
1:18According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of *his* creatures.
1:19So that, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
1:20for man's wrath does not work God's righteousness.
1:21Wherefore, laying aside all filthiness and abounding of wickedness, accept with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
1:22But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, beguiling yourselves.
1:23For if any man be a hearer of the word and not a doer, *he* is like to a man considering his natural face in a mirror:
1:24for he has considered himself and is gone away, and straightway he has forgotten what he was like.
1:25But *he* that fixes his view on the perfect law, that of liberty, and abides in it, being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, *he* shall be blessed in his doing.
1:26If any one think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, this man's religion is vain.
1:27Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
2:1My brethren, do not have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of glory, with respect of persons:
2:2for if there come unto your synagogue a man with a gold ring in splendid apparel, and a poor man also come in in vile apparel,
2:3and ye look upon him who wears the splendid apparel, and say, Do thou sit here well, and say to the poor, Do thou stand there, or sit here under my footstool:
2:4have ye not made a difference among yourselves, and become judges having evil thoughts?
2:5Hear, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen the poor as to the world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to them that love him?
2:6But *ye* have despised the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and do not *they* drag you before the tribunals?
2:7And do not *they* blaspheme the excellent name which has been called upon you?
2:8If indeed ye keep the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.
2:9But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
2:10For whoever shall keep the whole law and shall offend in one point, he has come under the guilt of breaking all.
2:11For he who said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not kill. Now if thou dost not commit adultery, but killest, thou art become transgressor of the law.
2:12So speak ye, and so act, as those that are to be judged by the law of liberty;
2:13for judgment will be without mercy to him that has shewn no mercy. Mercy glories over judgment.
2:14What is the profit, my brethren, if any one say he have faith, but have not works? can faith save him?
2:15Now if a brother or a sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
2:16and one from amongst you say to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled; but give not to them the needful things for the body, what is the profit?
2:17So also faith, if it have not works, is dead by itself.
2:18But some one will say, *Thou* hast faith and *I* have works. Shew me thy faith without works, and *I* from my works will shew thee my faith.
2:19*Thou* believest that God is one. Thou doest well. The demons even believe, and tremble.
2:20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
2:21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
2:22Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and that by works faith was perfected.
2:23And the scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness, and he was called Friend of God.
2:24Ye see that a man is justified on the principle of works, and not on the principle of faith only.
2:25But was not in like manner also Rahab the harlot justified on the principle of works, when she had received the messengers and put them forth by another way?
2:26For as the body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.