James 1 ©
The apostle's address to the dispersed Jews. He recommendeth patience and joy in afflictions, and prayer with faith. He giveth advice to the poor and to the rich. The reward of those that are firmly resistant under trial. Our own lusts, and not God, tempt us to sin. God is the unchangeable author of all good to his creatures. We must receive the word with purity and meekness, and not only hear, but do it. The necessity of governing the tongue. The essential duties of true religion.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
oBlessed is the man that endureth temptation: for pwhen he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
xEvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from ythe Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Wherefore clay apart all filthiness and superfluity of *naughtiness, and dreceive with meekness the *engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what *manner of man he was.
hBut whoso looketh into the perfect ilaw of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man jshall be blessed in his 3deed.
mPure religion and undefiled before nGod and the Father is this, oTo visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and pto keep himself unspotted from the world.