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
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.
1Ñucaca, Taita Diostapish, Apunchij Jesucristotapish servij Santiagomi cani. Tucui shujtaj llajtacunapi causacuj chunga ishqui Israel aillucunatami, ‘¿Allillachu canguichij?’ nini.
Millaita mishajca cushicungami
2Ñuca huauquicuna, cancunata ima llaquicuna japijpipish, jatunta cushicunguichijlla. 3Jesusta crijpi ima llaqui japishpapish, mana pʼiñarij alli shungu canata yachachishcataca, cancunallataj yachanguichijmi. 4Chashna alli shungu cashca ricurichunca, allita ruraichij. Chashnami tucui imapajpish pajta, ña alli crijcunataj cashcata ricuchinguichij. 5Maijan cancuna yachai illaj cashpaca, Taita Diosta mañaichijlla. Paica, tucuicunaman mana mitsaj mitsajlla, mana rimarishpalla cuj cashcamantaca, achcata cungallami. 6Diosta mañashpaca, ‘¿Chaichu cunga mana cunga?’ ama yuyashpalla, cunataj cashcata crishpa mañaichij. ‘¿Cungachu, manachu cunga?’ yuyashpa mañajca, huairahuan jatun cucha yacu, caiman chaiman cuyucuj shinallami. 7Maijanpish chashna ishqui yuyaihuan mañajca, Mandaj Diospaj maquimanta imallatapish chasquinataca, ama yuyachun. 8Chashna ishqui yuyai runaca, tucui causaipi imata mana pajtanchu.
9Maijan huauqui huajcha cashpaca, Dios jatunyachishcamanta cushicuchun. 10Ashtahuanpish achcata charijca, Dios cumurichishcamanta cushicuchun. Charijca, qʼuihua sisa chaquirij shinami tucunga. 11Inti llujshishpa achcata rupajpi, qʼuihua chaquirijpi sisacuna urmashpaca, chai sumaj cashcaca chingarinllami. Chashnallatajmi achcata chari runapish, pai imalla charishcacunandij urmarin.
12Millai yuyaicuna shamujpipish, chaita jarcarijca cushicunmi. Chai millai yuyaicunata mishashpaca, huiñai causaita charishcata ricuchij coronatami chasquinga. Chaitaca Taita Diosca, Paita cʼuyajcunamanmi cusha nishca.
13Maijanta 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. 14Ashtahuanpish quiquinllapitaj millai munaicuna tiyashpami, pita cashpapish mana allita rurana yuyaita cushpa, imapi cashpapish urmachin. 15Chai millai munaicunaca chichushca shinami, juchata huachan. Ña juchata rurajpica, chai juchaca huañuimanmi chayachin.
16Ñuca cʼuyashca crijcuna, ama pandarichijchu. 17Jahua pachapi tiyaj achijyachijcunata ruraj Yayaca, tucui imatapish allita, imatapish mana pandachijtami cun. Paica mana shujtajyanchu. Paitaca, ima llandu mana amsayachi tucunchu. 18Taita Diosca, Pai munashcamantami, Pai rurashcacunapaj ñaupa cachun, cashcata huillashca Paipaj Shimihuan ñucanchijtaca cutin huacharichishca.
Dios yachachishcataca rurashpatajmi causana
19Chaimanta ñuca cʼuyashca crijcuna, imatapish uyanataca alli uyaraichij. Ama utca rimaichijchu, ama utca pʼiñarichijchu. 20Pʼiñarijca, Taita Dios munashcataca mana rurai tucunchu. 21Chaimanta mapa ruraicunatapish, millai yuyaicunatapish tucui saquichij. Chashna rurashpami, Diospaj Shimitaca alli shunguhuan chasqui tucunguichij. Chai Shimimi, cancunapaj almataca quishpichi tucun.
22Diospaj Shimita chasquishpaca, chaipi nicushcataca rurajcuna caichij, ama uyajcunalla caichijchu; uyashpalla purishpaca, cancunallatajmi pandaricunguichij. 23Maijanpish Diospaj Shimi mandashcata mana rurashpa, uyashpalla purijca, paipaj ñahuita espejopi ricuricuj shinallami. 24Ñahuita ricushcahuan rishpaca, qʼuipataca pai ima shina cashcata cungarinllami. 25Shina cajpipish, juchamanta cacharichingapaj pajta Mandashcata chai yuyai catijca, allitami ruran. Paica uyashca Shimita mana cungarishpa, ashtahuanpish chaipi imalla nicushcatataj rurashpaca, cushicungami.
26Maijanpish, ‘Diosta alli crijmi cani’ nirishpaca, quiquin cʼallutami jarcarinata yachana. Mana chashna cashpaca, ‘Diosta crijmi cani’ nishcapish yangallami, umaricunllami. 27Taita Diosta tucui shunguhuan alli crijtaj cashpaca, caitami rurana: Yaya mama illaj huahuacunata ricugrina, viuda huarmicunata llaquicunahuan cajpi ricugrina. Cai pachapi tiyaj ima millaicunamantapish huaquichirina.