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11aJames, a servant1 of God and bof the Lord Jesus Christ,
To cthe twelve tribes in dthe Dispersion:
Testing of Your Faith
2eCount it all joy, my brothers,2 when you meet trials fof various kinds,
3for you know that gthe testing of your faith hproduces steadfastness.
4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be iperfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5jIf any of you lacks wisdom, klet him ask God, lwho gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
6But mlet him ask in faith, nwith no doubting, for the one who doubts is like oa wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
8phe is a double-minded man, qunstable in all his ways.
9Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
10and rthe rich in his humiliation, because slike a flower of the grass3 he will pass away.
11For the sun rises with its scorching heat and twithers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12uBlessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive vthe crown of life, wwhich God has promised to those who love him.
13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
15Then desire xwhen it has conceived gives birth to sin, and ysin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
16Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
17zEvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from athe Father of lights bwith whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.4
18cOf his own will he dbrought us forth by the word of truth, ethat we should be a kind of ffirstfruits of his creatures.
Hearing and Doing the Word
19gKnow this, my beloved brothers: let every person hbe quick to hear, islow to speak, jslow to anger;
20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
21Therefore kput away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with lmeekness the implanted word, mwhich is able to save your souls.
22But be ndoers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
25But the one who looks into the perfect law, othe law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, phe will be blessed in his doing.
26If anyone thinks he is religious qand does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's rreligion is worthless.
27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: sto visit torphans and widows in their affliction, and uto keep oneself vunstained from the world.