Testing Your Faith
1 1aJames, a bbond-servant of God and cof the Lord Jesus Christ,
To dthe twelve tribes who are 2edispersed abroad: fGreetings.
2 aConsider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter bvarious 1trials,
3 knowing that athe testing of your bfaith produces 1cendurance.
4 And let 1aendurance have its perfect 2result, so that you may be 3bperfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 But if any of you alacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and 1without reproach, and bit will be given to him.
6 But he must aask in faith bwithout any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, cdriven and tossed by the wind.
7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,
8 being a 1adouble-minded man, bunstable in all his ways.
9 aBut the 1brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;
10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because alike 1flowering grass he will pass away.
11 For the sun rises with 1aa scorching wind and bwithers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
12 aBlessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has 1been approved, he will receive bthe crown of life which the Lord chas promised to those who dlove Him.
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “aI am being tempted 1by God”; for God cannot be tempted 2by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
15 Then awhen lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when bsin 1is accomplished, it brings forth death.
16 aDo not be 1deceived, bmy beloved brethren.
17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is afrom above, coming down from bthe Father of lights, cwith whom there is no variation or 1shifting shadow.
18 In the exercise of aHis will He bbrought us forth by cthe word of truth, so that we would be 1a kind of dfirst fruits 2among His creatures.