Greeting to the Twelve Tribes
1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:
Profiting from Trials
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 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 a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
The Perspective of Rich and Poor
9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because 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.
Loving God Under Trials
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life 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, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
Qualities Needed in Trials
19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Doers—Not Hearers Only
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For 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 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, this one will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Questions & Answers
- Who is this letter from? James 1:1
- Who is it to? James 1:1
- How are we to consider it when we fall into various trials? James 1:2
- What does the testing of our faith produce? James 1:3
- Why are we to let patience have its perfect work? James 1:4
- If any of you lacks wisdom, what should you do? James 1:5
- What will God do? James 1:5
- How must we ask in faith? James 1:6
- What is he who doubts like? James 1:6
- What will a double-minded man receive from the Lord? James 1:7-8
- Who is unstable in all his ways?
- Who is to glory in his exaltation? James 1:9
- What are the rich to glory in? James 1:10
- What happens as the sun risen with burning heat? James 1:11
- How is this like the rich man? James 1:11
- Who is blessed? James 1:12
- When he has been approved, what will he receive? James 1:12
- Who does the Lord give this to? James 1:12
- Why is no one say when he is tempted, that he is tempted by God? James 1:13
- How is each one drawn away when he is tempted? James 1:14
- What happens when desire has conceived? James 1:15
- What does it give birth to? James 1:15
- When sin is full-grown, what does it bring? James 1:15
- What are we not to be deceived about where every good gift and every perfect gift comes from? James 1:16-17
- How did He bring us forth (make us born again)? James 1:18
- What are we? James 1:18
- What must you be swift to do? James 1:19
- What two things must you be slow to do? James 1:19
- What does the wrath of man not produce? James 1:20
- What are we to lay aside? James 1:21
- How are we to receive the implanted word (the Scriptures)? James 1:21
- What is the word able to do? James 1:21
- What will happen if we are not doers of the word, but not hearers only? James 1:22
- If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, who is he like? James 1:23
- When he observes himself, what does he immediately forget? James 1:24
- What will happen to he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it? James 1:25
- If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, what does he deceive? James 1:26
- What value does his religion have? James 1:26
- What is pure and undefiled religion before God? James 1:27