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

1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

1:3 Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

1:4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1:5 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.

1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
1:6 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.

1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
1:7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

1:8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.
1:8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
1:9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,

1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
1:10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.

1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
1:11 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.

1:12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1:12 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.

1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
1:13 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.

1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
1:14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
1:15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
1:16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
1:17 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.

1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
1:18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
1:19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
1:20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
1:23 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;

1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
1:25 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.

1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.
1:26 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.

1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.
1:27 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.