Introduction — to the twelve tribes in dispersion
, a aslave
of God and of the 2Lord
Jesus Christ, to the 3twelve btribes
in the 4cdispersion
Practical virtues of Christian perfection
Enduring trials by faith
, my bbrothers
, whenever you fall into various 1ctrials
Knowing that the aproving
of your 1faith
works out bendurance
And let aendurance
perfect work that you may be 1bperfect
and entire, lacking in nothing.
But if any one of you lacks 1awisdom
, let him 2bask
of God, who gives to all 3liberally
and does 4not
reproach, and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in afaith
nothing, for he who doubts is like the surge of the csea
, driven by the dwind
and tossed about.
For that man must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
-souled man, unstable in all his ways.
And let the lowly brother 1boast
in his 2aexaltation
And the 1rich
in his being brought low, because like a aflower
of the grass he will bpass
For the 1sun
rises with its 2scorching
heat and withers the agrass
, and its flower falls off, and the bbeauty
of its appearance is destroyed; so also the 3crich
man will fade away in his pursuits.
is the man who endures 1trial
, because when he has become 2approved
by testing, he will receive the 3bcrown
, which He cpromised
to those who 5dlove
Resisting temptation as God-born ones
Let no one say when he is 1atempted
, I am tempted 2of
God; for God 3cannot
be tempted of evil, and He Himself 4tempts
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own alusts
Then the lust, having conceived, 1gives
birth to sin; and the sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth adeath
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
All good giving and every perfect 1agift
is from babove
, coming down from the 2Father
of lights, with whom is no 3cvariation
or shadow cast by turning.
us forth by the 2word
that we might be a kind of 4cfirstfruits
of His creatures.
Living a God-fearing life by the implanted word according to the perfect law of freedom
my beloved brothers; but let every man be quick to hear, 2slow
, slow to bwrath
For the 1wrath
of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God.
away all bfilthiness
and the abundance of malice, receive in cmeekness
the 1implanted dword
, which is able to 2save
And become adoers
of the word and not bhearers
only, who cdelude
Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a adoer
, this one is like a man considering in a bmirror
the face he was born with;
For he considers himself and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of person he is.
But he who 1looks
into the 2perfect
law, the alaw
, and continues in it,
becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be cblessed
in his doing.
If anyone thinks himself to be 1religious and yet
bridle his atongue
his heart, this one's religion is vain.
This is pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father: to visit 1aorphans
and widows in their affliction and
to keep oneself 2unspotted
from the 3world