If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God—Resist temptation—Be doers of the word—James explains how to recognize pure religion.
1 James, a of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are abroad, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into ;
3 Knowing this, that the of your faith worketh .
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be and entire, wanting nothing.
5 any of you lack , let him ask of God, that to all men liberally, and not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him in , nothing . For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A man is unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the brother of degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the he shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the man fade away in his ways.
12 is the man that : for when he is , he shall receive the of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be with , neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is , when he is drawn away of his own , and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth : and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every and every perfect is from above, and down from the of lights, with whom is no , neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to , to :
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all and , and receive with the word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a :
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect of , and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his , but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is .
27 Pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To the and in their , and to keep himself from .