Greetings from James
1This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad.
Faith and Endurance
2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
9 Believers who are[b] poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong,[c] and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.[d] He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.[e] 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.[f]
Listening and Doing
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger[g] does not produce the righteousness[h] God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Notas al pie
- 1:2 Greek brothers; also in 1:16, 19.
- 1:9 Greek The brother who is.
- 1:13 Or God should not be put to a test by evil people.
- 1:17a Greek from above, from the Father of lights.
- 1:17b Some manuscripts read He never changes, as a shifting shadow does.
- 1:18 Greek we became a kind of firstfruit of his creatures.
- 1:20a Greek A man’s anger.
- 1:20b Or the justice.
1Yakobo, mtumiki wa Mulungu ndi wa Ambuye Yesu Khristu,
kulembera mafuko khumi ndi awiri obalalikana ku mayiko osiyanasiyana.
Masautso ndi Mayesero
2 Abale, muchiyese ngati chimwemwe chenicheni nthawi zonse pamene mukukumana ndi mayesero amitundumitundu. 3 Inu mukudziwa kuti kuyesedwa kwa chikhulupiriro chanu kumabweretsa chipiriro. 4 Chipiriro chiyenera kugwira ntchito yake kuti mukhale okhwima ndi angwiro, osasowa kanthu kalikonse. 5 Ngati wina pakati panu akusowa nzeru, apemphe kwa Mulungu amene amapereka kwa onse mwaulere ndi mosatonzera, ndipo adzapatsidwa. 6 Koma pamene mupempha, muyenera kukhulupirira osakayika, chifukwa amene amakayika ali ngati mafunde pa nyanja amene amawinduka nakankhika ndi mphepo. 7 Munthu wotere asayembekezere kulandira kalikonse kuchokera kwa Ambuye. 8 Iyeyu ndi munthu wa mitima iwiri, wosakhazikika pa zimene akuchita.
9 Abale omwe ndi anthu wamba anyadire pamene akwezedwa. 10 Koma olemera anyadire pamene atsitsidwa, chifukwa adzatha ngati duwa lakuthengo. 11 Pakuti dzuwa limatuluka nʼkutentha kwake, ndipo limafotetsa zomera. Duwa lake limathothoka ndipo kukongola kwake kumatheratu. Momwemonso munthu wachuma adzazimirira ngakhale atamachitabe malonda ake.
12 Wodala ndi munthu amene amapirira mʼmayesero, chifukwa akapambana adzalandira chipewa cha ulemerero chimene Mulungu analonjeza anthu amene amamukonda.
13 Munthu akayesedwa asanene kuti, “Mulungu akundiyesa.” Pakuti Mulungu sangayesedwe ndi choyipa kapena Iyeyo kuyesa munthu aliyense. 14 Koma munthu aliyense amayesedwa akakokedwa ndi zilakolako zake zoyipa ndi kukopedwa nazo. 15 Pamenepo, chilakolako chikakula chimabala tchimo; ndipo tchimo likakhwima limabereka imfa.
16 Musanyengedwe abale anga okondedwa. 17 Mphatso iliyonse yabwino ndi yangwiro imachokera kumwamba, kwa Atate mwini kuwala, amene sasintha ngati mthunzi woyendayenda. 18 Iye anasankha kutibereka ife kudzera mʼmawu a choonadi, kuti pakati pa zolengedwa zake zonse, tikakhale ngati zipatso zoyamba.
Kumva ndi Kuchita
19 Abale anga okondedwa, gwiritsitsani mawu awa: munthu aliyense azifulumira kumva, koma asamafulumire kuyankhula, ndipo asamafulumirenso kupsa mtima. 20 Pakuti mkwiyo wa munthu subweretsa chilungamo chimene amafuna Mulungu. 21 Choncho chotsani chizolowezi choyipa ndi khalidwe loyipa pakati panu, ndipo modzichepetsa landirani mawu amene anadzalidwa mwa inu, amene akhoza kukupulumutsani.
22 Musamangomvetsera chabe mawu, ndi kumadzinyenga nokha. Chitani zimene mawuwo amanena. 23 Munthu aliyense amene amangomva mawu koma osachita zimene mawuwo amanena, ali ngati munthu amene amayangʼana nkhope yake pa galasi. 24 Akadziyangʼana amachoka, nthawi yomweyo nʼkuyiwala mmene akuonekera. 25 Koma munthu amene amayangʼana mwachidwi lamulo langwiro limene limapatsa ufulu ndi kupitiriza kutero, osayiwala chimene wamva koma kuchita adzadalitsika pa zimene amachita.
26 Ngati wina amadziyesa ngati ndi wachipembedzo, koma chonsecho saletsa lilime lake, amadzinyenga yekha ndipo chipembedzo chakecho ndi cha chabechabe. 27 Chipembedzo chimene Mulungu Atate athu amachivomereza kuti ndi changwiro ndi chopanda zolakwika ndi ichi: kusamalira ana amasiye ndi akazi amasiye pa mavuto awo, ndi kudzisunga bwino kuopa kudetsedwa ndi dziko lapansi.