The General Epistle of James
1 – James the servant of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 – My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3 – Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 – And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing.
5 – But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 – But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, which is moved and carried about by the wind.
7 – Therefore let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 – A double minded man is inconstant in all his ways.
9 – But let the brother of low condition glory in his exaltation:
10 – And the rich, in his being low; because as the flower of the grass shall he pass away.
11 – For the sun rose with a burning heat, and parched the grass, and the flower thereof fell off, and the beauty of the shape thereof perished: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 – Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
13 – Let no man, when he is tempted, say that he is tempted by God. For God is not a tempter of evils, and he tempteth no man.
14 – But every man is tempted by his own concupiscence, being drawn away and allured.
15 – Then when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death.
16 – Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren.
17 – Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration.
18 – For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures.
19 – You know, my dearest brethren. And let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger.
20 – For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God.
21 – Wherefore casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of naughtiness, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 – But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 – For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass.
24 – For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.
25 – But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 – And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27 – Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world.
The Catholic Bible Online. Scriptures are from The Douay Rheims Catholic Bible 1582-1610 a.d. Version In the Public Domain. The Douay Rheims Bible is a translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate into English undertaken by members of the English College, Douai in the service of the Catholic Church.