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James 1:1-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Greeting

James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ:

To the 12 tribes in the Dispersion.[a]

Greetings.

Trials and Maturity

Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. An indecisive[b] man is unstable in all his ways.

The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation, 10 but the one who is rich should boast in his humiliation because he will pass away like a flower of the field. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will wither away while pursuing his activities.

12 A man who endures trials[c] is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God[d] has promised to those who love Him.

13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil,[e] and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone.

Footnotes:

  1. James 1:1 Jewish people scattered throughout Gentile lands who spoke Gk and were influenced by Gk culture.
  2. James 1:8 Or A doubting, or A double-minded
  3. James 1:12 Lit trial, used as a collective
  4. James 1:12 Other mss read that the Lord
  5. James 1:13 Or evil persons, or evil things

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