The Book of James
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve
tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be
perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
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
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that
wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any
thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the
flower of the grass he shall pass away.
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
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.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his
own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:
and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
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.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth,
that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift
to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of
naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted 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 any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he
is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and
straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
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 deed.
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
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 world.
1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
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
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 footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become
judges of evil thoughts?
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?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress
you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and
are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend
in one point, he is guilty of all.
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.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by
the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath
shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he
hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily
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 profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being
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
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:
the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without
works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he
had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by
works was faith made perfect?
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.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and
not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by
works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall
receive the greater condemnation.
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
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may
obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
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 listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth
great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
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.
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:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil,
full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith
curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet
water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries?
either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and
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
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your
hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and
every evil work.
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 hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them
that make peace.
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they
not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
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
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye
may consume it upon your lusts.
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.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit
that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God
resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse
your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be
turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he
shall lift you up.
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.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to
destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
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
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.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall
live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such
rejoicing is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it
not, to him it is sin.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries
that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are
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 days.
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
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton;
ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not
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
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming
of the Lord draweth nigh.
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be
condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the
name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of
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.
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.
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry?
let him sing psalms.
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:
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
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.
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 months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the
earth brought forth her fruit.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one
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.