New King James Version
Loving God Under Trials
12 (A)Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive (B)the crown of life (C)which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, (D)when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, (E)brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 (F)Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, (G)with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 (H)Of His own will He brought us forth by the (I)word of truth, (J)that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
Qualities Needed in Trials
Doers—Not Hearers Only
22 But (O)be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For (P)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 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But (Q)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, (R)this one will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone [c]among you thinks he is religious, and (S)does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 (T)Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: (U)to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, (V)and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.Read full chapter