Main point summary
Be a doer of the Word with prudent speech and rejoice in trials because your eternally good Father is producing steadfastness within you.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds,
for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness.
Joy in trials
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
j If any of you lacks wisdom,
k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting,
Ask for wisdom in faith
for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r the rich in his humiliation,
because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes.
Sinful pursuits lead to death
So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him.
Let 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.
Faithfulness in trials
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1
Our unchanging good Father
c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
g Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger;
Quick to hear slow to speak
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
Hear the word and do it
he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing.
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless.
Control your tongue and love widows and orphans
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
James 1:16-17 I was thinking about Adam and Eve in the garden while reading this. Satan attacked every piece of these verses. He deceived Adam and Eve by telling them that evil gifts occasionally come from above. And the questionable gifts that come from above, come from an untrustworthy God whose character alters like the shadows. If Satan can get you to believe God isn't after your best interest, sin can temporarily feel justified. And of course, this only leads to death.