James 1 (PKJV)

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  • 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.
  • 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
  • 3 knowing this, that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
  • 4 But let perseverance have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
  • 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all people liberally, and does not ridicule, and it will be given to him.
  • 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, because, he who wavers is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
  • 7 Because, do not let that man think that he will receive anything from the Lord;
  • 8 a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
  • 9 Let the lowly brother rejoice in his exaltation,
  • 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
  • 11 Because, 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 likewise will fade away in his ways.
  • 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; because, when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
  • 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; because, God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone.
  • 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed.
  • 15 Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
  • 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
  • 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.
  • 18 Of His own will He begot us by the word of truth, that we might be a type of firstfruits of His creatures.
  • 19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
  • 20 because, the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
  • 21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
  • 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
  • 23 because, if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
  • 24 because, he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
  • 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.
  • 26 If anyone among you seems to be religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is vain.
  • 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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