Amplified Bible

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

雅各書 1

1我是作上帝和主耶穌基督奴僕的雅各,問候散居各地的十二支派的人。

信心和忍耐

我的弟兄姊妹,當你們遭遇各種磨煉的時候,都要認為是喜樂的事。 要知道你們的信心經過考驗會產生堅忍。 你們要堅忍到底,使你們纯全、完備、毫無缺欠。

如果你們誰缺少智慧,就當求慷慨施恩、不責備人的上帝,上帝必賜給他智慧。 6-8 但他要憑信心毫不疑惑地祈求,因為疑惑的人三心二意,行事為人沒有定見,就像海上隨風翻騰的波濤,這種人從主那裡什麼也得不到。

卑微的弟兄高升,應當快樂。 10 富有的弟兄降卑,也要快樂,因為他會像花草一樣衰殘。 11 驕陽升起,草就乾枯,花也凋謝,美麗就消失了。富有的人在忙忙碌碌中也會如此衰殘。

12 在試煉中能夠忍耐到底的人有福了,因為他若經得起考驗,就會得到主應許賜給愛祂之人的生命冠冕。 13 當人受到誘惑時,不可說:「是上帝在誘惑我。」因為上帝不受邪惡的誘惑,也不誘惑人。 14 其實每個受到誘惑的人都是受自己的私慾慫恿和誘惑。 15 私慾懷了胎,便生出罪,罪一旦長成,便帶來死亡。

16 我親愛的弟兄姊妹,不要上當受騙。 17 一切良善的施予和完美的恩賜都是從天上,從眾光之父那裡來的。祂不像轉動的影子變幻無常。 18 祂按照自己的旨意,藉著真道重生了我們,使我們在祂所造的萬物之中好像初熟的果實。

聽道與行道

19 我親愛的弟兄姊妹,請記住:每個人都要快快地聽,慢慢地說,慢慢地動怒。 20 因為人的憤怒不能成就上帝的公義。 21 所以你們要除去所有的污穢和一切的惡習,謙卑地領受那已經栽種在你們心裡、能救你們靈魂的真道。

22 你們要行道,不要只是聽道,自己欺騙自己。 23 因為人聽道而不行道,就像照鏡子一樣, 24 看過後就走了,隨即忘記了自己的容貌。 25 但詳細查考那使人得自由的全備律法並且持之以恆的人,不是聽了就忘,而是身體力行,這樣的人必在他所行的事上蒙福。

26 如果有人自以為虔誠,卻不勒住自己的舌頭,就等於是自己欺騙自己,他的所謂虔誠也毫無價值。 27 在父上帝看來,純潔無暇的虔誠是指照顧患難中的孤兒寡婦,並且不讓自己被世俗玷污。