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1 James, a ser­vant of God and of the Lord Je­sus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scat­tered abroad, greet­ing. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temp­ta­tions; 3 Know­ing this, that the try­ing of your faith wor­keth pa­tience. 4 But let pa­tience have her per­fect work, that ye may be per­fect and en­tire, want­ing noth­ing. 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. 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. 7 For let not that man think that he shall re­ceive any thing of the Lord. 8 A dou­ble mind­ed man is un­sta­ble in all his ways. 9 Let the broth­er of low de­gree re­joice in that he is ex­alt­ed: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: be­cause as the flow­er of the grass 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 grace of the fash­ion of it per­isheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 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. 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: 14 But ev­ery man is tempt­ed, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and en­ticed. 15 Then when lust hath con­ceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is fin­ished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 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. 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 speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man wor­keth not the righ­teous­ness of God. 21 Where­fore lay apart all filth­i­ness and su­per­fluity of naugh­ti­ness, and re­ceive with meek­ness the en­graft­ed word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye do­ers of the word, and not hear­ers on­ly, de­ceiv­ing your own selves. 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: 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 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. 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. 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.