The General Epistle of James
AMES, a servant of God and of the
Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered
1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into
1:3 Knowing this that the trying of your faith
1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that
ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it
shall be given him.
1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he
that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind
1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any
thing of the Lord.
1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his
1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is
1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as
the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
1:11 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.
1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which
the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of
God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he
1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of
his own lust, and enticed.
1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth
sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is
no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth,
that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be
swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness
1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity
of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word,
which is able to save your souls.
1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.
1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer,
he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a
1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and
straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his
1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and
bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this
man's religion is vain.
1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the
Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their
affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the
[ James: Chapter 1:
| Verses: 27 | Words: 544 ]
Y brethren, have not the faith of
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect
2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a
gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man
in vile raiment;
2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay
clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and
say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my
2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are
become judges of evil thoughts?
2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen
the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom
which he hath promised to them that love him?
2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men
oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which
ye are called?
2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the
scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do
2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin,
and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one point he is guilty of all.
2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said
also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou
kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be
judged by the law of liberty.
2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath
shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a
man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save
2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of
2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be
ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not
those things which are needful to the body; what doth it
2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being
2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have
works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew
thee my faith by my works.
2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest
well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without
works is dead?
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when
he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by
works was faith made perfect?
2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith,
Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for
righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified,
and not by faith only.
2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by
works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent
them out another way?
2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so
faith without works is dead also.
[ James: Chapter 2:
| Verses: 26 | Words: 528 ]
Y brethren, be not many masters,
knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend
not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able
also to bridle the whole body.
3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they
may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be
so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they
turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor
3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth
great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire
3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of
iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth
the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and
it is set on fire of hell.
3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of
serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been
tamed of mankind:
3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an
unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and
therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of
3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and
cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet
water and bitter?
3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries?
either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt
water and fresh.
3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge
among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works
with meekness of wisdom.
3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your
hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but
is earthly, sensual, devilish.
3:16 For where envying and strife is there
is confusion and every evil work.
3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full
of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without
3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of
them that make peace.
[ James: Chapter 3:
| Verses: 18 | Words: 378 ]
ROM whence come wars and
fightings among you? come they not hence, even of
your lusts that war in your members?
4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have,
and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because
ye ask not.
4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that
ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore
will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The
spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God
resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you.
4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify
your hearts, ye double minded.
4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter
be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he
shall lift you up.
4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that
speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother,
speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou
judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to
destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will
go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and
sell, and get gain:
4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the
morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that
appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will,
we shall live, and do this, or that.
4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such
rejoicing is evil.
4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth
it not, to him it is sin.
[ James: Chapter 4:
| Verses: 17 | Words: 369 ]
O to now, ye rich men,
weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon
5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are
5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of
them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh
as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last
5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped
down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth:
and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the
ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been
wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of
5:6 Ye have condemned and killed the just;
and he doth not resist you.
5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of
the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit
of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive
the early and latter rain.
5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the
coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be
condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in
the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction,
and of patience.
5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have
heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the
Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not,
neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other
oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest
ye fall into condemnation.
5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any
merry? let him sing psalms.
5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders
of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with
oil in the name of the Lord:
5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and
the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins,
they shall be forgiven him.
5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray
one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are,
and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained
not on the earth by the space of three years and six
5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and
the earth brought forth her fruit.
5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and
one convert him;
5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner
from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and
shall hide a multitude of sins.