1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
1Yakobo, mtumiki wa Mulungu ndi wa Ambuye Yesu Khristu,
kulembera mafuko khumi ndi awiri obalalikana ku mayiko osiyanasiyana.
Masautso ndi Mayesero
2Abale, muchiyese ngati chimwemwe chenicheni nthawi zonse pamene mukukumana ndi mayesero amitundumitundu. 3Inu mukudziwa kuti kuyesedwa kwa chikhulupiriro chanu kumabweretsa chipiriro. 4Chipiriro chiyenera kugwira ntchito yake kuti mukhale okhwima ndi angwiro, osasowa kanthu kalikonse. 5Ngati wina pakati panu akusowa nzeru, apemphe kwa Mulungu amene amapereka kwa onse mwaulere ndi mosatonzera, ndipo adzapatsidwa. 6Koma pamene mupempha, muyenera kukhulupirira osakayika, chifukwa amene amakayika ali ngati mafunde pa nyanja amene amawinduka nakankhika ndi mphepo. 7Munthu wotere asayembekezere kulandira kalikonse kuchokera kwa Ambuye. 8Iyeyu ndi munthu wa mitima iwiri, wosakhazikika pa zimene akuchita.
9Abale omwe ndi anthu wamba anyadire pamene akwezedwa. 10Koma olemera anyadire pamene atsitsidwa, chifukwa adzatha ngati duwa lakuthengo. 11Pakuti dzuwa limatuluka nʼkutentha kwake, ndipo limafotetsa zomera. Duwa lake limathothoka ndipo kukongola kwake kumatheratu. Momwemonso munthu wachuma adzazimirira ngakhale atamachitabe malonda ake.
12Wodala ndi munthu amene amapirira mʼmayesero, chifukwa akapambana adzalandira chipewa cha ulemerero chimene Mulungu analonjeza anthu amene amamukonda.
13Munthu akayesedwa asanene kuti, “Mulungu akundiyesa.” Pakuti Mulungu sangayesedwe ndi choyipa kapena Iyeyo kuyesa munthu aliyense. 14Koma munthu aliyense amayesedwa akakokedwa ndi zilakolako zake zoyipa ndi kukopedwa nazo. 15Pamenepo, chilakolako chikakula chimabala tchimo; ndipo tchimo likakhwima limabereka imfa.
16Musanyengedwe abale anga okondedwa. 17Mphatso iliyonse yabwino ndi yangwiro imachokera kumwamba, kwa Atate mwini kuwala, amene sasintha ngati mthunzi woyendayenda. 18Iye anasankha kutibereka ife kudzera mʼmawu a choonadi, kuti pakati pa zolengedwa zake zonse, tikakhale ngati zipatso zoyamba.
Kumva ndi Kuchita
19Abale anga okondedwa, gwiritsitsani mawu awa: munthu aliyense azifulumira kumva, koma asamafulumire kuyankhula, ndipo asamafulumirenso kupsa mtima. 20Pakuti mkwiyo wa munthu subweretsa chilungamo chimene amafuna Mulungu. 21Choncho chotsani chizolowezi choyipa ndi khalidwe loyipa pakati panu, ndipo modzichepetsa landirani mawu amene anadzalidwa mwa inu, amene akhoza kukupulumutsani.
22Musamangomvetsera chabe mawu, ndi kumadzinyenga nokha. Chitani zimene mawuwo amanena. 23Munthu aliyense amene amangomva mawu koma osachita zimene mawuwo amanena, ali ngati munthu amene amayangʼana nkhope yake pa galasi. 24Akadziyangʼana amachoka, nthawi yomweyo nʼkuyiwala mmene akuonekera. 25Koma munthu amene amayangʼana mwachidwi lamulo langwiro limene limapatsa ufulu ndi kupitiriza kutero, osayiwala chimene wamva koma kuchita adzadalitsika pa zimene amachita.
26Ngati wina amadziyesa ngati ndi wachipembedzo, koma chonsecho saletsa lilime lake, amadzinyenga yekha ndipo chipembedzo chakecho ndi cha chabechabe. 27Chipembedzo chimene Mulungu Atate athu amachivomereza kuti ndi changwiro ndi chopanda zolakwika ndi ichi: kusamalira ana amasiye ndi akazi amasiye pa mavuto awo, ndi kudzisunga bwino kuopa kudetsedwa ndi dziko lapansi.