James 1


1 James, a a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:

Testing of Your Faith

2 My brethren, b count it all joy c when you fall into various trials, 3 d knowing that the testing of your faith produces 1 patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be 2 perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

5 e If any of you lacks wisdom, f let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and g it will be given to him. 6 h But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is i a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because j as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

12 k Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive l the crown of life m which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, n when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, o brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 p Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, q with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 r Of His own will He brought us forth by the s word of truth, t that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 3 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, u slow to speak, v slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore w lay aside all filthiness and 4 overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, x which is able to save your souls.

22 But y be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For z if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But a he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, b this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone 5 among you thinks he is religious, and c does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. 27 d Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: e to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, f and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 12:17
    But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren." And he departed and went to another place.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 5:41
    So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
  3. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:6
    In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 5:3 - 5
    And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.
  5. Cross References
    1 Kings 3:9
    "Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"
    James 3:17
    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:3 - 6
    Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding.
    Matthew 7:7
    Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
  7. Cross References
    Jeremiah 29:12
    Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
  8. Cross References
    Mark 11:23
    For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
    Mark 11:24
    Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
    Acts 10:20
    "Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."
  9. Cross References
    James 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.
  10. Cross References
    Job 14:2
    He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
  11. Cross References
    Job 5:17
    Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; The...
    Luke 6:22
    Blessed are you when men hate you, And when the...
    Hebrews 10:36
    For you have need of endurance, so that after y...
    James 5:11
    Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You ha...
    1 Peter 3:14
    But even if you should suffer for righteousness...
    1 Peter 4:14
    If you are reproached for the name of Christ, b...
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:25
    And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
  13. Cross References
    Matthew 10:22
    And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
  14. Cross References
    Job 15:35
    They conceive trouble and bring forth futility; Their womb prepares deceit.
    Psalms 7:14
    Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
    Isaiah 59:4
    No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
  15. Cross References
    Romans 5:12
    Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned -
    Romans 6:23
    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  16. Cross References
    John 3:27
    John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
  17. Cross References
    Numbers 23:19
    God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
  18. Cross References
    John 1:13
    Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
  19. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 6:7
    By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.
    1 Thessalonians 2:13
    For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
    2 Timothy 2:15
    Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    1 Peter 1:3
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
    1 Peter 1:23
    Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.
  20. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:12
    That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
    Ephesians 1:13
    In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
    Hebrews 12:23
    To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect.
    Revelation 14:4
    These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:19
    In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
    Proverbs 17:27
    He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
  22. Cross References
    Proverbs 14:17
    A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated.
    Proverbs 16:32
    He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
    Ecclesiastes 7:9
    Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
  23. Cross References
    Colossians 3:8
    But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
  24. Cross References
    Acts 13:26
    Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.
  25. Cross References
    Matthew 7:21 - 28
    Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
    Luke 6:46 - 49
    But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?
    Romans 2:13
    (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified.
    James 1:22 - 25
    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
    James 2:14 - 20
    What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
  26. Cross References
    Luke 6:47
    Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
  27. Cross References
    John 8:32
    "And you shall know the truth, and the truth sh...
    Romans 8:2
    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jes...
    2 Corinthians 3:17
    Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spiri...
    Galatians 2:4
    And this occurred because of false brethren sec...
    Galatians 6:2
    Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the ...
    James 2:12
    So speak and so do as those who will be judged ...
    1 Peter 2:16
    As free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for v...
  28. Cross References
    John 13:17
    If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 34:13
    Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
  30. Cross References
    Matthew 25:34 - 36
    Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
  31. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:17
    Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
  32. Cross References
    Romans 12:2
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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