The Message

James 1

1I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello!

Faith Under Pressure

2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

9-11 When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.

12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.

13-15 Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.

16-18 So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

Act on What You Hear

19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

26-27 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

Mushuj Testamento Diospaj Shimi

Santiago 1

1Ñucaca, Taita Diostapish, Apunchij Jesucristotapish servij Santiagomi cani. Tucui shujtaj llajtacunapi causacuj chunga ishqui Israel aillucunatami, ‘¿Allillachu canguichij?’ nini.

Millaita mishajca cushicungami

Ñuca huauquicuna, cancunata ima llaquicuna japijpipish, jatunta cushicunguichijlla. Jesusta crijpi ima llaqui japishpapish, mana p'iñarij alli shungu canata yachachishcataca, cancunallataj yachanguichijmi. Chashna alli shungu cashca ricurichunca, allita ruraichij. Chashnami imapish mana illaj, ña alli crijcunataj cashcata ricuchinguichij. Maijan cancuna yachai illaj cashpaca, Taita Diosta mañaichijlla. Paica, tucuicunaman mana mitsaj mitsajlla, mana rimarishpalla cuj cashcamantaca, achcata cungallami. Diosta mañashpaca, ‘¿Chaichu cunga mana cunga?’ ama yuyashpalla, cunataj cashcata crishpa mañaichij. ‘¿Cungachu, manachu cunga?’ yuyashpa mañajca, huairahuan jatun cucha yacu, caiman chaiman cuyucuj shinallami. Maijanpish chashna ishqui yuyaihuan mañajca, Mandaj Diospaj maquimanta imallatapish chasquinataca, ama yuyachun. Chashna ishqui yuyai runaca, tucui causaipi imata mana pajtanchu.

Maijan huauqui huajcha cashpaca, Dios jatunyachishcamanta cushicuchun. 10 Ashtahuanpish achcata charijca, Dios cumurichishcamanta cushicuchun. Charijca, q'uihua sisa chaquirij shinami tucunga. 11 Inti llujshishpa achcata rupajpi, q'uihua chaquirijpi sisacuna urmashpaca, chai sumaj cashcaca chingarinllami. Chashnallatajmi achcata chari runapish, pai imalla charishcacunandij urmarin.

12 Millai yuyaicuna shamujpipish, chaita jarcarijca cushicunmi. Chai millai yuyaicunata mishashpaca, huiñai causaita charishcata ricuchij coronatami chasquinga. Chaitaca Taita Diosca, Paita c'uyajcunamanmi cusha nishca.

13 Maijanta millai yuyaicuna japijpica: «Taita Diosmi cai millai yuyaitaca cushca» nishpa, ama nirichun. Taita Diosca millai yuyaitaca, mana charinchu. Paica, piman ima millai yuyaitaca, mana cunchu. 14 Ashtahuanpish quiquinllapitaj millai munaicuna tiyashpami, pita cashpapish mana allita rurana yuyaita cushpa, imapi cashpapish urmachin. 15 Chai millai munaicunaca chichushca shinami, juchata huachan. Ña juchata rurajpica, chai juchaca huañuimanmi chayachin.

16 Ñuca c'uyashca crijcuna, ama pandarichijchu. 17 Jahua pachapi tiyaj achijyachijcunata ruraj Yayaca, tucui imatapish allita, imatapish mana pandachijtami cun. Paica mana shujtajyanchu. Paitaca, ima llandu mana amsayachi tucunchu. 18 Taita Diosca, Pai munashcamantami, Pai rurashcacunapaj ñaupa cachun, cashcata huillashca Paipaj Shimihuan ñucanchijtaca cutin huacharichishca.

Dios yachachishcataca rurashpatajmi causana

19 Chaimanta ñuca c'uyashca crijcuna, imatapish uyanataca alli uyaraichij. Ama utca rimaichijchu, ama utca p'iñarichijchu. 20 P'iñarijca, Taita Dios munashcataca mana rurai tucunchu. 21 Chaimanta mapa ruraicunatapish, millai yuyaicunatapish tucui saquichij. Chashna rurashpami, Diospaj Shimitaca alli shunguhuan chasqui tucunguichij. Chai Shimimi, cancunapaj almataca quishpichi tucun.

22 Diospaj Shimita chasquishpaca, chaipi nicushcataca rurajcuna caichij, ama uyajcunalla caichijchu. Chashna uyashpalla purishpaca, cancunallatajmi pandaricunguichij. 23 Maijanpish Diospaj Shimi mandashcata mana rurashpa, uyashpalla purijca, paipaj ñahuita espejopi ricuricuj shinallami. 24 Ñahuita ricushcahuan rishpaca, q'uipataca pai ima shina cashcata cungarinllami. 25 Shina cajpish, juchamanta cacharichingapaj pajta Mandashcata chai yuyai catijca, allitami ruran. Paica uyashca Shimita mana cungarishpa, ashtahuanpish chaipi imalla nicushcatataj rurashpaca, cushicungami.

26 Maijanpish, ‘Diosta alli crijmi cani’ nirishpaca, quiquin c'allutami jarcarinata yachana. Mana chashna cashpaca, ‘Diosta crijmi cani’ nishcapish yangallami, umaricunllami. 27 Taita Diosta tucui shunguhuan alli crijtaj cashpaca, caitami rurana: Yaya mama illaj huahuacunata ricugrina, viuda huarmicunata llaquicunahuan cajpi ricugrina. Cai pachapi tiyaj ima millaicunamantapish huaquichirina.