2 Consider it a great joy, my * brothers, whenever you experience various trials, g 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
5 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. h 6 But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 An indecisive i man is unstable in all his ways. j
9 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. k 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. l
13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, q and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. r 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. s
16 Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers. t 17 Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. u 18 By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth v so that we would be the * firstfruits of His creatures. w
19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, x 20 for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil, y humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you. z a
22 But b be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face c in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does. d
26 If anyone e thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, f then his religion is useless and he deceives himself. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before our g God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows h in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the * world. i
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