THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JAMES (THOUGHT TO BE
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1 JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into many afflictions,
3 Knowing this: that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work,
That ye may be perfect and complete,
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
And upbraideth not; and it shall be given him; 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 any man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord,
8 If he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he shall be exalted;
10 But the rich man is made low, as the flower of the grass he
shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with burning heat, but that it withereth the
And the flower thereof falleth, and the beauty of it perisheth;
So also shall the rich man fade away in his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man that resisteth temptation;
For when he is tried,
receive the crown of life,
Which the Lord promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted by 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 When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is
finished, bringeth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren, every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
And cometh from
the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness,
Neither shadow of changing;
18 Of his own will he begat us with the word of truth,
That we should be a kind
of first fruits of his creatures.
19 So, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to
And slow to wrath; for the wrath of a man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay aside all your filthiness and superfluity of malice toward
receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 And be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not be also a doer,
He is like unto a man
beholding his face in a glass;
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way,
Straightway forgetting what
manner of man he is.
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 deeds.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue,
deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion has been in vain.
27 But pure religion undefiled before God and the Father is this:
To visit the
fatherless and widows in their affliction,
And to keep himself unspotted from
1 MY brethren, ye cannot have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The Lord of
glory, and yet have respect of persons;
For if there come unto your assembly,
A man with a gold ring, in goodly
And there come in also a poor man in vile raiment,
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the fine clothing,
And say unto him, Please sir, sit thou here in the goodly place;
And say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit
here under my footstool;
4 Are ye not then in yourselves partial judges, and become evil in your thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich
To be the heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor; is it not the rich men who oppress you,
And are they not the ones dragging you
before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by which ye are called?
8 And if ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well;
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin,
And are convicted of the law
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law,
And yet offend in one point, he is
guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.
Now if thou
commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that showed no mercy;
For mercy triumphs and
rejoiceth over judgment.
14 And what profit is it, my brethren,
For a man to say he hath faith,
have not works? can faith save him?
15 Yea, a man may say, I will show thee I have faith without works;
But I say, Show me thy faith
without works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.
16 For if a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them,
Depart in peace, be warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things,
Which are needful to the body; what profit is your faith unto such?
And so, faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Therefore wilt thou know, O vain man,
That faith without works is dead, and cannot save?
19 Thou believest there is one God and in that thou doest well;
But the devils also
believe, and tremble; thou hast made thyself like them, not being justified.
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his
son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how works wrought with his faith, and by works was faith made
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God,
And it was
imputed unto him for righteousness;
And he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works,
A man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was Rahab the harlot justified by works,
When she had
received the messengers, and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead
1 MY brethren, strive not for the mastery,
Knowing that in so doing we receive a stricter judgment;
2 For in many things we make mistakes; but if any man offend not in word,
The same is
a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths,
That they obey us, and we can then turn their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, though they be great and are driven of
Yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever
the pilot directs.
5 So the tongue, which is a little member, boasteth of great things;
great a forest fire a little spark kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity;
So is the tongue among our
That it defileth the whole body,
And setteth on fire the course of
And it is set on fire by hell; for every kind of beasts,
And of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed,
And hath been tamed of mankind, but the tongue can no man tame;
For it can be an unruly evil, full of deadly poison;
Therewith bless we God, even the Father;
And therewith curse we men,
made after the likeness of God;
10 So out of the same mouth,
Proceedeth blessings and cursings.
My brethren, these
things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth both sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs?
So neither can any fountain yield both salt water and fresh.
13 Who is wise and endued with knowledge among you?
Let him show out
of a good conversation,
His works with meekness of wisdom; but if ye have envying,
And strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie
not against the truth;
15 For that wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, and devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,
Then peaceable and gentle,
And easy to be entreated, full of mercy,
And good fruits, without partiality,
and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
1 FROM whence come wars and fighting among you?
Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not; so ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain;
fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss,
That ye may consume it upon
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
Know ye not that friendship with the world
is enmity with God?
Whosoever therefore who would be a friend of the world is the
enemy of God.
5 Do ye think the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace; wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but
giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God; resist the devil and he will flee from
8 Draw nigh unto God, and he will draw nigh unto you.
Cleanse your hands, ye
And purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned unto mourning,
And your joy to heaviness; humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11 Speak no evil one of another, brethren; he that speaketh evil of his
brother and judgeth his brother,
Speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law;
but if thou judge the law,
Thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge of it.
12 There is one lawgiver and judge,
He who is able to save and to destroy;
Therefore who art thou that judgest thy neighbor?
13 Now listen, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city,
continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain;
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow;
For what is your life?
It is even a vapor,
That appeareth for a little time,
And then vanisheth away; for ye ought to say,
If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or
16 But now ye boast and brag; all such boasting and bragging is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is
1 GO to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for the miseries that shall come
2 For your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten.
3 Your gold and silver is corroded,
And the corrosion shall witness
And shall eat your flesh as if it were upon fire.
Ye have heaped your treasures
together for the last days.
4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who have reaped down your fields,
of you has been kept back by fraud, crieth out;
And the cries of them which have reaped,
entered into the ears of the Lord of Hosts.
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton;
Ye have fattened
your hearts as in a day of a great slaughter.
6 And ye have condemned and killed the just, that did not oppose you.
7 Be ye patient therefore, brethren, unto the day of the coming of the Lord.
husbandman of the vine waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth,
And hath long patience
for it, until he hath received both the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned;
judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets,
Who have spoken in the name of the Lord,
an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of
And have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is full of
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven,
the earth, neither by any other oath,
But let your yea be yea and your nay,
Lest ye fall into condemnation.
13 Is any among you suffering? let him pray.
Is any merry? let him sing psalms; is any sick among you?
Let him call for the elders of the church, and let
them pray over him,
Anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick;
And the Lord shall raise him up,
And if he have committed sins,
They shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another,
And pray one for another, that ye may
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly,
That it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth for the
space of three
years and six months.
18 And then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth
19 Brethren, if any of you do wander from the truth, and one of you brings him
Let him know that whosoever bring him back from the error of his ways,
Shall save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.