2 Consider it nothing but joy, my [a]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials.3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.6 But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind.7 For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord,8 being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].
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