James (Author James)

3:1Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment.

3:2For we all often offend. If any one offend not in word, *he* is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body too.

3:3Behold, we put the bits in the mouths of the horses, that they may obey us, and we turn round their whole bodies.

3:4Behold also the ships, which are so great, and driven by violent winds, are turned about by a very small rudder, wherever the pleasure of the helmsman will.

3:5Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!

3:6and the tongue is fire, the world of unrighteousness; the tongue is set in our members, the defiler of the whole body, and which sets fire to the course of nature, and is set on fire of hell.

3:7For every species both of beasts and of birds, both of creeping things and of sea animals, is tamed and has been tamed by the human species;

3:8but the tongue can no one among men tame; it is an unsettled evil, full of death-bringing poison.

3:9Therewith bless we the Lord and Father, and therewith curse we men made after the likeness of God.

3:10Out of the same mouth goes forth blessing and cursing. It is not right, my brethren, that these things should be thus.

3:11Does the fountain, out of the same opening, pour forth sweet and bitter?

3:12Can, my brethren, a fig produce olives, or a vine figs? Neither can salt water make sweet water.

3:13Who is wise and understanding among you; let him shew out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom;

3:14but if ye have bitter emulation and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.

3:15This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish.

3:16For where emulation and strife are, there is disorder and every evil thing.

3:17But the wisdom from above first is pure, then peaceful, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and good fruits, unquestioning, unfeigned.

3:18But the fruit of righteousness in peace is sown for them that make peace.

4:1Whence come wars and whence fightings among you? Is it not thence, -- from your pleasures, which war in your members?

4:2Ye lust and have not: ye kill and are full of envy, and cannot obtain; ye fight and war; ye have not because ye ask not.

4:3Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask evilly, that ye may consume it in your pleasures.

4:4Adulteresses, know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore is minded to be the friend of the world is constituted enemy of God.

4:5Think ye that the scripture speaks in vain? Does the Spirit which has taken his abode in us desire enviously?

4:6But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God sets himself against the proud, but gives grace to the lowly.

4:7Subject yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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

4:9Be wretched, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

4:10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

4:11Speak not against one another, brethren. He that speaks against his brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law. But if thou judgest the law, thou art not doer of the law, but judge.

4:12One is the lawgiver and judge, who is able to save and to destroy: but who art *thou* who judgest thy neighbour?

4:13Go to now, ye who say, To-day or to-morrow will we go into such a city and spend a year there, and traffic and make gain,

4:14ye who do not know what will be on the morrow, (for what is your life? It is even a vapour, appearing for a little while, and then disappearing,)

4:15instead of your saying, If the Lord should so will and we should live, we will also do this or that.

4:16But now ye glory in your vauntings: all such glorying is evil.

4:17To him therefore who knows how to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

5:1Go to now, ye rich, weep, howling over your miseries that are coming upon you.

5:2Your wealth is become rotten, and your garments moth-eaten.

5:3Your gold and silver is eaten away, and their canker shall be for a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye have heaped up treasure in the last days.

5:4Behold, the wages of your labourers, who have harvested your fields, wrongfully kept back by you, cry, and the cries of those that have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

5:5Ye have lived luxuriously on the earth and indulged yourselves; ye have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter;

5:6ye have condemned, ye have killed the just; he does not resist you.

5:7Have patience, therefore, brethren, till the coming of the Lord. Behold, the labourer awaits the precious fruit of the earth, having patience for it until it receive the early and the latter rain.

5:8*Ye* also have patience: stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is drawn nigh.

5:9Complain not one against another, brethren, that ye be not judged. Behold, the judge stands before the door.

5:10Take as an example, brethren, of suffering and having patience, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord.

5:11Behold, we call them blessed who have endured. Ye have heard of the endurance of Job, and seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is full of tender compassion and pitiful.

5:12But before all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath; but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay, that ye do not fall under judgment.

5:13Does any one among you suffer evil? let him pray. Is any happy? let him sing psalms.

5:14Is any sick among you? let him call to him the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

5:15and the prayer of faith shall heal the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he be one who has committed sins, it shall be forgiven him.

5:16Confess therefore your offences to one another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The fervent supplication of the righteous man has much power.

5:17Elias was a man of like passions to us, and he prayed with prayer that it should not rain; and it did not rain upon the earth three years and six months;

5:18and again he prayed, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth caused its fruit to spring forth.

5:19My brethren, if any one among you err from the truth, and one bring him back,

5:20let him know that he that brings back a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins.

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