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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.

Japanese Living Bible

ヤコブの手紙 1



愛する皆さん。あなたがたの人生は、多くの困難と誘惑に満ちていますか。そうであれば喜びなさい。 行く道が険しければ、それは忍耐を養う良いチャンスとなるからです。 忍耐力を十分に養いなさい。さまざまな問題が持ち上がった時、そこから逃げ出そうともがいてはいけません。忍耐力が十分身につけば、完全に成長した、どんなことにもびくともしない、強い人になれるでしょう。

神が何を望んでおられるか知りたいなら、遠慮なく、直接尋ねなさい。神は喜んで教えてくださいます。願い求める人には、神はいつでも惜しみなく、あふれるばかりの知恵を授けてくださるからです。そのことで、決してとがめたりはなさいません。 6-8 ただ、その場合、神は必ず答えてくださると確信して願い求めなさい。疑う人の心は、風に波立つ水面のように不安定なものです。そんな疑いの心では、主に何を期待してもむだです。

あなたがたの中で、貧しいために見下されている人は、そのことを喜びなさい。主が高く評価してくださるからです。 10-11 また裕福な人は、主にとっては富が無に等しいことを知って、喜びなさい。裕福な人の一生は、美しく咲いては枯れる花のように、はかなく過ぎ去ってしまうからです。忙しく飛び回っていても、その働きの完成を見ないうちに死んでしまうのです。

12 誘惑に負けて悪に走らない人は幸いです。なぜなら、神を愛する人に約束されたいのちの冠を、ほうびとしていただけるからです。 13 悪に手を出しそうになった時、神から誘惑されたなどと言ってはなりません。神が悪を望まれるはずはありませんし、また、悪へ誘ったりするわけもないのです。 14 人は、自分の欲や悪い考えに引かれて誘惑されるのです。 15 その欲や悪い考えが悪へと駆り立て、ついには、神から永遠に引き離される死の刑罰へと追いやるのです。 16 ですから、だまされてはいけません。


17 すべての良いもの、完全なものは、光を造られた神から来るのです。神にはわずかの変化もくもりもなく、いつまでも輝いています。 18 神は御心のままに、真理のことばによって、私たちに新しいいのちを与えてくださいました。こうして私たちは、神の新しい家族の最初の子どもとされたのです。

19 愛する皆さん。人のことばにまず耳を傾け、自分はあとから語り、怒るのは最後にしなさい。 20 怒りは、神の義から私たちを遠く引き離すからです。 21 ですから、自分の生活を総点検して、どんな悪をもすっかり取り除き、神のことばをすなおに受け入れなさい。神のことばには、私たちの心をとらえ、たましいを救う力があるからです。

22 また聞くだけでなく、それを実行することも忘れてはなりません。みことばを聞くだけは聞いて、自分を偽った行動をとることがありませんように。 23 聞いただけで実行に移さない人は、鏡に映る自分の顔をながめているようなものです。 24 鏡から離れると、自分がどんな表情をしていたか、すっかり忘れてしまいます。 25 しかし、〔完全な律法、自由の律法である〕神の教えを一心に見つめて離れない人は、すぐに忘れたりしないばかりか、その命令を実行します。神は、そのような人の行いに大きな祝福を与えてくださいます。

26 もしも、「私はクリスチャンです」と言いながら、平気でとげのあることばを口にする人がいれば、その人は自分を偽っていることになります。そのような信仰には何の価値もありません。 27 父なる神の目から見て、純粋で汚れのない信仰とは、みなしごや未亡人が困っていれば世話をし、この世から自分をきよく守ることです。