2 e Count it all joy, my brothers, 2 when you meet trials f of various kinds, 3 for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Many have supposed that James here addressed them as Jews, and that the Epistle was sent to them as such. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures. James 1 1 I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! James 1:22-24 MSG. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom … 16 Don’t be deceived,(Z) my dear brothers and sisters. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. The author of this letter could not have been the apostle James, who died too early (a.d. 44) to have written it. James 1:4, ESV: "And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." But, in fact, the word “temptation” is in itself of so general a character as to cover the whole usage, and to justify the manner in which it is employed. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. 12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. James 1:2-4-2-4 MSG Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. 1 1I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! 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 God. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Read verse in The Message Bible Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. 2 e Count it all joy, my brothers, 2 when you meet trials f of various kinds, 3 for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. (S) In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 26-27 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. 1 My dear friends, don't let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. To the twelve tribes(C) scattered(D) among the nations: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,(F) 3 because you know that the testing of your faith(G) produces perseverance. 25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;(X) and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.(Y). Version. (K) 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,(L) because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 3:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 3:1, NIV: "Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly." 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. Act on what you hear! Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. In like manner, St. Paul (Romans 1:1, et seq. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, "Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!" For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. 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. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously … All rights reserved worldwide. Cancel. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. 2 Peter 2:14 Their eyes are full of adultery; their desire for sin is never satisfied; they seduce the unstable. James mentions the use of the tongue a few times in chapters 1 and 2 (e.g., James 1:19; 2:12) then in chapter 3 he turns his full attention to this important topic. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,(AN) and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. 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. Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. 1 I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! Job 14:2; Ps 103:15, 16; Isa 40:6, 7; 1Co 7:31; 1Pe 1:24, Ps 34:13; 39:1; 141:3; Jas 3:2-12; 1Pe 3:10, Dt 14:29; Job 31:16, 17, 21; Ps 146:9; Isa 1:17, 23. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. 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