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James chapter 1

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James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: To the 12 tribes in the Dispersion. Greetings.
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Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials,
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knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
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But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
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Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.
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But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
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That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
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An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.
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The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation;
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but the one who is rich [should boast] in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.
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For the sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will wither away while pursuing his activities.
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Blessed is a man who endures trials, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that He has promised to those who love Him.
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No one undergoing a trial should say, "I am being tempted by God." For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn't tempt anyone.
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But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.
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Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.
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Don't be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.
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Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.
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By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.
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My dearly loved brothers, understand this: everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
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for man's anger does not accomplish God's righteousness.
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Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil excess, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.
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But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
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Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror;
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for he looks at himself, goes away, and right away forgets what kind of man he was.
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But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts-- this person will be blessed in what he does.
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If anyone thinks he is religious, without controlling his tongue but deceiving his heart, his religion is useless.
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Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

James chapter 2

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My brothers, hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ without showing favoritism.
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For suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring, dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in.
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If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes so that you say, "Sit here in a good place," and yet you say to the poor man, "Stand over there," or, "Sit here on the floor by my footstool,"
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haven't you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
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Listen, my dear brothers: Didn't God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He has promised to those who love Him?
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Yet you dishonored that poor man. Don't the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
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Don't they blaspheme the noble name that you bear?
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If you really carry out the royal law prescribed in Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.
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But if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
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For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of [breaking it] all.
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For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you are a lawbreaker.
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Speak and act as those who will be judged by the law of freedom.
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For judgment is without mercy to the one who hasn't shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
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What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can his faith save him?
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If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food,
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and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you don't give them what the body needs, what good is it?
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In the same way faith, if it doesn't have works, is dead by itself.
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But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.
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You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe-- and they shudder.
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Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?
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Wasn't Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
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You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was perfected.
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So the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, and he was called God's friend.
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You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
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And in the same way, wasn't Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by a different route?
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For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

James chapter 3

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Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment;
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for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.
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Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal.
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And consider ships: though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
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So too, though the tongue is a small part [of the body], it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.
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And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our [bodies]; it pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.
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For every creature-- animal or bird, reptile or fish-- is tamed and has been tamed by man,
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but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
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With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God's likeness.
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Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things should not be this way.
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Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?
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Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine [produce] figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.
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Who is wise and understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom's gentleness.
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But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't brag and lie in defiance of the truth.
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Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
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For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
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But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.
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And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.