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Song of Solomon
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1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus
Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the Dispersion: Greetings. 2 Count
it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, 3 knowing
that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 Let endurance have
its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But
if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and
without reproach; and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith,
without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by
the wind and tossed. 7 For let that man not think that he will receive
anything from the Lord. 8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his
9 But let the brother in humble circumstances
glory in his high position; 10 and the rich, in that he is made humble,
because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away. 11 For the sun
arises with the scorching wind, and withers the grass, and the flower in it
falls, and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So also will the rich man
fade away in his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for
when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord
promised to those who love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am
tempted by God,” for God can’t be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no
one. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and
enticed. 15 Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin,
when it is full grown, produces death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my beloved brothers.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from
the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. 18 Of
his own will he gave birth to us by the word of truth, that we should be a kind
of first fruits of his creatures.
19 So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man
be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of
man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting away
all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the
implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the
word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. 23 For if anyone is
a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face
in a mirror; 24 for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately
forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law
of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer of the
work, this man will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone among you thinks himself to be
religious while he doesn’t bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this
man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God
and Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and
to keep oneself unstained by the world.
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