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.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Yakobo 1:1-27

11:1 Mdo 15:13; Rum 1:1; Tit 1:1; Mdo 26:7; Kum 32:26; Yn 7:35Yakobo, mtumwa wa Mungu na wa Bwana Yesu Kristo:

Kwa makabila kumi na mawili yaliyotawanyika ulimwenguni:

Salamu.

Imani Na Hekima

21:2 Mt 5:12; Ebr 12:11; 10:34; Mdo 5:41; 1Pet 4:12, 16; 1:6Ndugu zangu, hesabuni kuwa ni furaha tupu mnapopatwa na majaribu mbalimbali, 31:3 1Pet 1:7; Ebr 10:36; Rum 5:3kwa sababu mnajua ya kuwa kujaribiwa kwa imani yenu huleta saburi. 41:4 1Kor 2:6Saburi na iwe na kazi timilifu, ili mpate kuwa wakamilifu, mmekamilishwa, bila kupungukiwa na kitu chochote. 51:5 1Fal 3:9, 10; Mit 2:3-6; Dan 1:17; Mt 7:7; 1Fal 3:9, 10; Mit 2:3-6; Za 51:6; Dan 2:21; Mt 7:7Kama mtu yeyote miongoni mwenu amepungukiwa na hekima na amwombe Mungu, yeye awapaye watu wote kwa ukarimu wala hana kinyongo, naye atapewa. 61:6 Mt 21:21; Mk 11:24; 1Tim 2:8Lakini anapoomba, lazima aamini wala asiwe na shaka, kwa sababu mtu aliye na shaka ni kama wimbi la bahari, lililochukuliwa na upepo na kutupwa huku na huku. 7Mtu kama huyo asidhani ya kuwa atapata kitu chochote kutoka kwa Bwana. 81:8 Za 119:113; Yak 4:8; 2Pet 2:14; 3:16Yeye ni mtu mwenye nia mbili, mwenye kusitasita katika njia zake zote.

Umaskini Na Utajiri

91:9 Mt 23:12Ndugu asiye na cheo kikubwa yampasa ajivunie hali hiyo maana ametukuzwa. 101:10 Ay 14:2; 1Kor 7:31Lakini yeye aliye tajiri afurahi kwa kuwa ameshushwa, kwa sababu atatoweka kama ua la shambani. 111:11 Za 102:4, 11; Isa 40:6-8Kwa maana jua kali lenye kuchoma huchomoza na kuliunguza, likayakausha majani, na ua lake likapukutika, nao uzuri wake huharibika. Vivyo hivyo tajiri naye atanyauka akiwa anaendelea na shughuli zake.

Kujaribiwa

121:12 1Kor 9:25; Kut 20:6; 1Kor 8:3Heri mtu anayevumilia wakati wa majaribu, kwa sababu akiisha kushinda hilo jaribio atapewa taji la uzima Mungu alilowaahidia wale wampendao.

13Mtu anapojaribiwa asiseme, “Ninajaribiwa na Mungu.” Kwa maana Mungu hawezi kujaribiwa na maovu wala yeye hamjaribu mtu yeyote. 141:14 Mit 19:3; Rum 7:7-10Lakini kila mtu hujaribiwa wakati anapovutwa na kudanganywa na tamaa zake mwenyewe zilizo mbaya. 151:15 Mwa 3:6; Isa 59:4; Rum 6:23Basi ile tamaa mbaya ikishachukua mimba, huzaa dhambi, nayo ile dhambi ikikomaa, huzaa mauti.

161:16 1Kor 6:9; Yak 2:5Ndugu zangu wapendwa, msidanganyike. 171:17 Za 85:12; 102:27; Mt 3:6Kila kitolewacho kilicho chema na kilicho kamili, hutoka juu, na hushuka kutoka kwa Baba wa mianga, ambaye kwake hakuna kubadilika, wala kivuli cha kugeukageuka. 181:18 Yn 1:13; Yer 2:3; Efe 1:12Kwa mapenzi yake mwenyewe alituzaa kwa neno la kweli, kusudi tuwe kama mazao ya kwanza katika viumbe vyake vyote.

Kusikia Na Kutenda

191:19 Mit 10:19; Yak 1:16; 2:5; 3:3-12; Mhu 5:1, 2; Mit 14:17Ndugu zangu wapendwa, fahamuni jambo hili: Kila mtu awe mwepesi wa kusikiliza, lakini asiwe mwepesi wa kusema wala wa kukasirika. 201:20 Mt 5:22Kwa maana hasira ya mwanadamu haitendi haki ya Mungu. 211:21 Efe 4:22; 1:13; Kol 3:8; 1Pet 2:1; Mdo 13; 26; Rum 1:16; 1Kor 15:2Kwa hiyo, ondoleeni mbali uchafu wote na uovu ambao umezidi kuwa mwingi, mkalipokee kwa unyenyekevu lile Neno lililopandwa ndani yenu ambalo laweza kuokoa nafsi zenu.

221:22 Mt 7:21; Yak 2:14-20Basi kuweni watendaji wa Neno wala msiwe wasikiaji tu, huku mkijidanganya nafsi zenu. 231:23 Lk 6:47; Mdo 2:14Kwa maana kama mtu ni msikiaji tu wa Neno wala hatendi kile linachosema, yeye ni kama mtu ajitazamaye uso wake kwenye kioo 24na baada ya kujiona alivyo, huenda zake na mara husahau jinsi alivyo. 25Lakini yeye anayeangalia kwa bidii katika sheria kamilifu, ile iletayo uhuru, naye akaendelea kufanya hivyo bila kusahau alichosikia, bali akalitenda, atabarikiwa katika kile anachofanya.

261:26 Za 39:1; 1Pet 3:10Kama mtu akidhani ya kuwa anayo dini lakini hauzuii ulimi wake kwa hatamu, hujidanganya moyoni mwake, wala dini yake mtu huyo haifai kitu. 271:27 Mt 25:36; Za 146:9; Isa 1:17, 23; Rum 12:2; 2Pet 2:20Dini iliyo safi, isiyo na uchafu, inayokubalika mbele za Mungu Baba yetu, ndiyo hii: Kuwasaidia yatima na wajane katika dhiki zao na kujilinda usitiwe madoa na dunia.