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.
1Saa krataa yi fi me Yakobo a meyɛ Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo somfo nkyɛn,
Mikyia mmusuakuw dumien a wɔahwete no nyinaa.
Gyidi Ne Nyansa
2Anuanom, sɛ sɔhwɛ bi ba mo akwan mu a, momma mo ani nnye 3efisɛ sɛ mo gyidi tumi gyina sɔhwɛ no ano a, ɛno ansa na munya ntoboase. 4Momma ntoboase no ntena mo mu daa nyinaa sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛyɛ pɛ a biribiara ho renhia mo. 5Sɛ nyansa1.5 Ɛma anigye wɔ ɔhaw mu (nky. 2). Yennya nyansa kɛkɛ, na mmom, ɛyɛ honhom aba (3.13-18; Mmb 1.2-9) ho hia mo mu bi a, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔbɔ mpae srɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔbɛma no bi, efisɛ Onyankopɔn fi ayamye ne adom mu ma obiara nea ehia no no kwa. 6Na sɛ worebɔ mpae a, ɛsɛ sɛ wugye di a wunnye ho akyinnye. Obiara a ogye akyinnye no te sɛ po asorɔkye a mframa bɔ no kɔ baabiara a ɛpɛ. 7Ɛnsɛ sɛ saa onipa no susuw sɛ obenya biribiara afi Awurade nkyɛn; 8nʼadwene yɛ no ntanta a ontumi nsi biribiara pi.
Ohia Ne Ahonya
9Sɛ Onyankopɔn ma onua hiani so a, ɛsɛ sɛ nʼani gye, 10na adefo a wabrɛ wɔn ase no nso saa ara. Efisɛ, adefo no twam kɔ sɛ wuram afifide bi. 11Owia pue de ne hyew no hyew afifide no ma nʼahoɔfɛ sɛe. Saa ara na wɔbɛsɛe adefo no wɔ bere a wogu so redi wɔn nnwuma no.
12Nhyira nka onipa a onya gyidi wɔ amanehunu mu, efisɛ ɔno na obenya akyɛde a Onyankopɔn ahyɛ ho bɔ ama wɔn a wɔdɔ no no.
13Sɛ wɔsɔ obi hwɛ a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔka se, “Saa sɔhwɛ yi fi Onyankopɔn.” Efisɛ bɔne rentumi nsɔ Onyankopɔn nhwɛ, na ɔno Onyankopɔn nso nsɔ obi nhwɛ. 14Na sɛ onipa twe ne ho na ɔno ara nʼakɔnnɔ yi no a, na ayɛ sɔhwɛ ama no. 15Na sɛ akɔnnɔ no nyinsɛn a, ɛwo bɔne, na bɔne no nyin a ɛwo owu.
16Me nuanom adɔfo, mommma wɔnnnaadaa mo. 17Akyɛde pa ne akyɛde a ɛyɛ pɛ nyinaa fi ɔsoro; efi Onyankopɔn a ɔbɔɔ ɔsoro hann no nkyɛn na ɛba. Ɔno na ɔnsesa sɛ sunsuma. 18Ofi ne pɛ mu nam nokware a ɛwɔ asɛm no mu no so woo yɛn sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a, yebedi kan wɔ abɔde nyinaa mu.
Otie Ne Ɔyɛ
19Me nuanom adɔfo, monhyɛ eyinom nsow: monyɛ ntɛm ntie, monyɛ nyaa nkasa na monyɛ nyaa mfa abufuw; 20efisɛ onipa abufuw no mma onnya Onyankopɔn trenee no. 21Ɛno nti, montwe mo ho mfi afide ne atirimɔden ho. Momfa mo ho mma Onyankopɔn na munnye asɛm a odua wɔ mo koma mu a ebegye mo nkwa no.
22Munntie asɛm no sɛ atiefo kwa nsisi mo ho, na mmom monyɛ asɛm no yɛfo. 23Obiara a otie asɛm no na ɔmfa nni dwuma no te sɛ obi a ɔhwɛ ahwehwɛ mu, na ohu sɛnea ɔte. 24Ɔhwɛ ne ho wɔ ahwehwɛ no mu hu ne ho yiye na sɛ ofi ahwehwɛ no anim ara pɛ a, ne werɛ fi nea ohuu no nyinaa. 25Nanso obiara a ɔhwɛ mmara a ɛyɛ pɛ, na ɛma onipa de ne ho no mu yiye,1.25 Kristosom nkyerɛkyerɛ a egyina Apam Dedaw mmara no so sɛnea wɔakyerɛw wɔ mmara nsɛm du no mu (Nnw 19.7) nanso Yesu Kristo bewiee ne nyinaa wɔ Mat 5.17; Rom 10.4. na odi so, na otie, na ne werɛ mfi, na ɔde di dwuma no, Onyankopɔn behyira saa onipa no wɔ biribiara a ɔyɛ mu.
26Sɛ obi susuw sɛ ɔyɛ Onyamesomni na wanto ne tɛkrɛma nnareka a, ne nyamesom no so nni mfaso na ɔdaadaa ne ho nso. 27Nea Agya Onyankopɔn fa no sɛ ɛyɛ onyamesom pa no ni: Ɔhwɛ nyisaa ne akunafo wɔ wɔn ahohia mu, na oyi ne ho fi wiase porɔwee ho.