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James 1:1-18

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the Dispersion: Greetings.  2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,  3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him.  6 But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.  7 For let that man not think that he will receive anything from the Lord.  8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

9 But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position;  10 and the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away.  11 For the sun arises with the scorching wind, and withers the grass, and the flower in it falls, and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in his pursuits.

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God," for God can't be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.  14 But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.  16 Don't be deceived, my beloved brothers.  17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.  18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

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