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.
Facing All Kinds of Trouble
2 My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. 3 Your faith will be tested. You know that when this happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. 4 And you must allow this strength to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need. 5 If 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. 6 But 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. 7 They shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 This kind of person can’t make up their mind. They can never decide what to do.
9 Here’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. 10 But rich people should take pride in their low positions. That’s because they will fade away like wild flowers. 11 The 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.
12 Blessed 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.
13 When 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. 14 But each person is tempted by their own evil desires. These desires lead them on and drag them away. 15 When these desires are allowed to remain, they lead to sin. And when sin is allowed to remain and grow, it leads to death.
16 My dear brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone fool you. 17 Every 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. 18 God 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
19 My 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. 20 Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants. 21 So 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.
22 Don’t just listen to the word. You fool yourselves if you do that. You must do what it says. 23 Suppose 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. 24 After looking at themselves, they leave. And right away they forget what they look like. 25 But 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.
26 Suppose 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. 27 Here 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.
1Ñucaca, Taita Diostapish, Apunchij Jesucristotapish servij Santiagomi cani. Tucui shujtaj llajtacunapi causacuj chunga ishqui Israel aillucunatami, ‘¿Allillachu canguichij?’ nini.
Millaita mishajca cushicungami
2 Ñuca huauquicuna, cancunata ima llaquicuna japijpipish, jatunta cushicunguichijlla. 3 Jesusta crijpi ima llaqui japishpapish, mana p'iñarij alli shungu canata yachachishcataca, cancunallataj yachanguichijmi. 4 Chashna alli shungu cashca ricurichunca, allita ruraichij. Chashnami imapish mana illaj, ña alli crijcunataj cashcata ricuchinguichij. 5 Maijan cancuna yachai illaj cashpaca, Taita Diosta mañaichijlla. Paica, tucuicunaman mana mitsaj mitsajlla, mana rimarishpalla cuj cashcamantaca, achcata cungallami. 6 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. 7 Maijanpish chashna ishqui yuyaihuan mañajca, Mandaj Diospaj maquimanta imallatapish chasquinataca, ama yuyachun. 8 Chashna ishqui yuyai runaca, tucui causaipi imata mana pajtanchu.
9 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.