New International Reader's Version

James 1:1-27

1I, James, am writing this letter. I serve God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am sending this letter to you, the 12 tribes scattered among the nations.

Greetings.

Facing All Kinds of Trouble

2My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. 3Your faith will be tested. You know that when this happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. 4And you must allow this strength to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need. 5If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone and doesn’t find fault. 6But when you ask, you must believe. You must not doubt. That’s because a person who doubts is like a wave of the sea. The wind blows and tosses them around. 7They shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8This kind of person can’t make up their mind. They can never decide what to do.

9Here’s what believers who are in low positions in life should be proud of. They should be proud that God has given them a high position in the kingdom. 10But rich people should take pride in their low positions. That’s because they will fade away like wild flowers. 11The sun rises. Its burning heat dries up the plants. Their blossoms fall. Their beauty is destroyed. In the same way, rich people will fade away. They fade away even as they go about their business.

12Blessed is the person who keeps on going when times are hard. After they have come through hard times, this person will receive a crown. The crown is life itself. The Lord has promised it to those who love him.

13When a person is tempted, they shouldn’t say, “God is tempting me.” God can’t be tempted by evil. And he doesn’t tempt anyone. 14But each person is tempted by their own evil desires. These desires lead them on and drag them away. 15When these desires are allowed to remain, they lead to sin. And when sin is allowed to remain and grow, it leads to death.

16My dear brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone fool you. 17Every good and perfect gift is from God. This kind of gift comes down from the Father who created the heavenly lights. These lights create shadows that move. But the Father does not change like these shadows. 18God chose to give us new birth through the message of truth. He wanted us to be the first harvest of his new creation.

Listen to the Word and Do What It Says

19My dear brothers and sisters, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. 20Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants. 21So get rid of everything that is sinful. Get rid of the evil that is all around us. Don’t be too proud to accept the word that is planted in you. It can save you.

22Don’t just listen to the word. You fool yourselves if you do that. You must do what it says. 23Suppose someone listens to the word but doesn’t do what it says. Then they are like a person who looks at their face in a mirror. 24After looking at themselves, they leave. And right away they forget what they look like. 25But suppose someone takes a good look at the perfect law that gives freedom. And they keep looking at it. Suppose they don’t forget what they’ve heard, but they do what the law says. Then this person will be blessed in what they do.

26Suppose people think their beliefs and how they live are both right. But they don’t control what they say. Then they are fooling themselves. Their beliefs and way of life are not worth anything at all. 27Here are the beliefs and way of life that God our Father accepts as pure and without fault. When widows are in trouble, take care of them. Do the same for children who have no parents. And don’t let the world make you impure.

Knijga O Kristu

Jakovljeva 1:1-27

1Jakov, sluga Boga i Gospodina Isusa Krista, piše dvanaestorim plemenima rasijanima po svijetu i pozdravlja ih.

Vjera i postojanost

2Draga braćo i sestre, kad god zapadnete u kušnju, smatrajte da se imate čemu radovati. 3Jer kad vam je vjera na kušnji, jača vaša postojanost. 4Zato je pustite da se potpuno razvije, da postanete besprijekornima, bez ikakva nedostatka.

5Treba li vam mudrosti, iskajte ju od Boga koji je svima daje rado, obilno i bez prigovora. 6Ali tražite s vjerom, ne sumnjajući da ćete dobiti, jer čovjek koji sumnja nestalan je kao morski valovi koje vjetar lako baca amo-tamo. 7Takav neka se ne nada išta primiti od Gospodina 8jer je čovjek podijeljene duše, nepostojan na svim svojim putovima.

9Neka se kršćanin1:9 U grčkome: brat. niskoga položaja ponosi time što ga je Bog uzvisio, 10a bogataš time što ga je ponizio, jer će nestati poput poljskoga cvijeta. 11Sunce žarko zasja, biljka usahne i cvijet joj otpadne te sva njegova ljepota nestane. Tako će i bogataši usahnuti na svojim putovima.

12Blago čovjeku koji odolijeva kušnji. Kad se pokaže prokušanim, dobit će vijenac života koji je Bog obećao svima koji ga ljube. 13Neka nitko od vas u napasti ne kaže: “Bog me napastuje.” Niti se Boga može napastovati da čini zlo, niti on koga napastuje. 14Svakoga, naprotiv, napastuje njegova vlastita požuda koja ga privlači i mami. 15Požuda zatim začne i rodi grijeh, a kad se grijeh potpuno razvije, rađa smrt.

16Zato se ne dajte varati, ljubljena braćo. 17Sve što je dobro i savršeno dolazi nam odozgora, od Boga koji je stvorio sva nebeska svjetlila. Za razliku od njih, on se nikada ne mijenja; u njemu nema sjene zbog mijena. 18On nas je dragovoljno rodio riječju istine, da budemo prvenci iznad svih stvorenja.

Poslušnost i djela

19Upamtite, draga braćo: svatko bi trebao biti brz na slušanju, spor na pričanju i spor na srdžbi 20jer ljudska srdžba ne može postupati prema Božjoj pravednosti.

21Zato izbacite iz svojih života svako zlo i prljavštinu te ponizno prihvatite Božju poruku zasađenu u svoja srca jer ona može spasiti vaše duše.

22I ne zaboravite da tu poruku nije dostatno samo slušati već treba i postupati prema njoj. Inače sami sebe zavaravate. 23Jer ako samo slušate Riječ, a ne vršite ju, onda ste poput čovjeka koji pogleda vlastito lice u zrcalu, 24ali čim se promotri, odmah ode ne popravivši što je trebalo i zaboravi kako izgleda. 25Ali tko se ogleda u savršenomu Božjem zakonu—zakonu koji oslobađa—i nije samo zaboravan slušatelj, nego ga zaista i izvršava, Bog će ga blagosloviti u svemu što čini.

26Umišlja li tko da je pobožan, a ne obuzdava svoj jezik, sam sebe vara jer je njegova pobožnost nevrijedna. 27Želite li da vaša pobožnost u očima Boga Oca bude čista i neokaljana, pomažite sirotama i udovicama u njihovoj nevolji i čuvajte se neokaljanima od pokvarenosti ovoga svijeta.