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James 1

Testing Your Faith

1[a]James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve [Hebrew] tribes [scattered abroad among the Gentiles] in the dispersion: Greetings (rejoice)!

Consider it nothing but joy, my [b]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].

Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position [as a born-again believer, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God]; 10 and the rich man is to glory in being humbled [by trials revealing human frailty, knowing true riches are found in the grace of God], for like the flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; its flower falls off and [c]its beauty fades away; so too will the rich man, in the midst of his pursuits, fade away.

12 Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). 15 Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow [d]cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. 18 It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself—sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes].

19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; 20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. 21 So get rid of all uncleanness and [e]all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth]. 23 For if anyone only listens to the word [f]without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets [g]what he looked like. 25 But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but [h]an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious [scrupulously observant of the rituals of his faith], and does not control his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless (futile, barren). 27 Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world.

Notas al pie

  1. James 1:1 James, the leader of the Jerusalem church, was the half brother of Jesus. He became a believer after the resurrection of Jesus and was later martyred for his faith.
  2. James 1:2 Lit brethren.
  3. James 1:11 Lit the beauty of its face perishes.
  4. James 1:17 Lit of turning.
  5. James 1:21 Lit surplus of.
  6. James 1:23 Lit and is not a doer.
  7. James 1:24 Lit what sort he was.
  8. James 1:25 Lit a doer of work.

Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

Jakob 1

Indledende hilsen

1Dette brev er fra Jakob, Guds og Herren Jesu Kristi tjener. Jeg skriver til de jødekristne fra de 12 stammer, der bor rundt omkring i verden. Guds fred!

Om prøvelser, udholdenhed og tro

Kære venner, når I kommer ud for mange forskellige vanskeligheder og problemer, så glæd jer over det. I ved jo, at når jeres tro[a] prøves, skærper det jeres udholdenhed. Og hvis I ellers holder ud gennem prøvelserne, vil I vokse i modenhed, så I ikke står tilbage på noget område.

Hvis I mangler visdom, skal I bede om at få den fra Gud. Gud giver nemlig gerne til alle uden at komme med bebrejdelser. Men I skal bede i tro uden at tvivle. For hvis I vakler i jeres tillid til Gud, er I som havets bølger, der kastes frem og tilbage af stormen, 7-8 eller som en, der står med et ben i hver lejr og går skiftevis i den ene og den anden retning. Beder I på den måde, kan I ikke regne med at få noget fra Herren.

Den himmelske rigdom er langt mere værd end den jordiske

De kristne, der har en lav position i samfundet, kan glæde sig over at have en høj position i den åndelige verden. 10 De, der før var rige, kan glæde sig over at være blevet ydmyget, for rigdom forgår som blomster, der visner. 11 Når solen brænder i dagens hede, svides planterne. Blomsterne falmer, og deres pragt forsvinder. Sådan kan rigdom forsvinde, hurtigt og uden varsel.

Gud frister ingen, men lover evigt liv

12 Velsignede er de, der holder ud, når der er modgang, for når de er kommet sejrende igennem, vil de få det evige liv som belønning. Det har Gud lovet alle dem, som elsker ham.

13 Når du bliver fristet til at gøre noget forkert, skal du ikke sige: „Det er Gud, der frister mig.” Gud fristes aldrig til at gøre noget ondt, og han frister heller aldrig nogen til at gøre det. 14 Når du bliver fristet, er det, fordi du bliver tiltrukket af noget, som du i virkeligheden har lyst til. 15 Giver du efter for fristelsen, fører det til synd, og synden fører i sidste ende til død.

16 Elskede venner, lad jer ikke bedrage. 17 Det er udelukkende gode og fuldkomne gaver, der kommer til os fra vores himmelske Far, som har skabt lysene i himmelrummet. Hans lys er uforanderligt, og han skjules ikke af skygger. 18 Han besluttede at give os nyt liv gennem sandhedens ord, så vi blev hans særlige ejendom blandt al skabningen.

Lyt, tag imod Guds ord og lev det ud i hverdagen

19 Kære venner, husk, at det er godt at lytte, at tænke sig om, før man taler, og ikke være for hurtig til at blive vred, 20 for et menneskes vrede kommer i vejen for Guds vilje. 21 Derfor skal I lægge alle urene tanker og onde handlinger bag jer og koncentrere jer om at give vækstbetingelser til det ord, som er plantet i jer, og som er i stand til at føre jer frem til det evige liv.

22 I bedrager jer selv, hvis I kun hører ordet uden at handle på det. 23 Hvis I kun lytter til undervisningen, men ikke handler på det, I hører, er det, som når I betragter jeres ansigt i et spejl. 24 Lige så snart I vender ryggen til spejlet, har I glemt, hvordan I så ud. 25 Men hvis I fordyber jer i frihedens fuldkomne lov, og bliver ved med at holde den for øje, bliver I ikke som dem, der hører og glemmer, men som dem, der hører og handler. Det er jo dem, der handler på Guds ord, der oplever Guds velsignelse.

26 De, der mener, at de tjener Gud, men ikke tøjler deres tunge, bedrager sig selv. Den måde at tjene Gud på er intet værd. 27 Nej, en god og ægte måde at tjene Gud, vores Far, på er at tage sig af forældreløse børn og fattige enker og undgå at blive forurenet af verdslighed.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,3 Eller: „trofasthed, troskab”.