1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Trials and Temptations
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 16 and 19; and in 2:1, 5, 14; 3:10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19. whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
9Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
12Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Listening and Doing
19My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
1Krataa yi firi me Yakobo a meyɛ Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo ɔsomfoɔ nkyɛn,
Mekyea mmusuakuo dumienu a wɔahwete no nyinaa.
Gyidie Ne Nyansa
2Anuanom, sɛ sɔhwɛ bi ba mo akwan mu a, momma mo ani nnye 3ɛfiri sɛ, sɛ mo gyidie tumi gyina sɔhwɛ no ano a, ɛno ansa na monya boasetɔ. 4Momma boasetɔ no ntena mo mu daa nyinaa sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, mobɛyɛ pɛ a biribiara ho renhia mo. 5Sɛ nyansa ho hia mo mu bi a, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔbɔ mpaeɛ srɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔbɛma no bi, ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn firi ayamyɛ ne adom mu ma obiara deɛ ɛhia no no kwa. 6Na sɛ worebɔ mpaeɛ a, ɛsɛ sɛ wogye di a wonnye ho akyinnyeɛ. Obiara a ɔgye akyinnyeɛ no te sɛ ɛpo asorɔkye a mframa bɔ no kɔ baabiara a ɛpɛ. 7Ɛnsɛ sɛ saa onipa no susu sɛ ɔbɛnya biribiara afiri Awurade nkyɛn; 8nʼadwene yɛ no ntanta a ɔntumi nsi biribiara pi.
Ohia Ne Ahonya
9Sɛ Onyankopɔn ma onua hiani so a, ɛsɛ sɛ nʼani gye, 10na adefoɔ a wabrɛ wɔn ase no nso saa ara. Ɛfiri sɛ, adefoɔ no twam kɔ sɛ wiram afifideɛ bi. 11Owia pue de ne hyeɛ no hye afifideɛ no ma nʼahoɔfɛ no sɛe. Saa ara na wɔbɛsɛe adefoɔ no ɛberɛ a wɔgu so redi wɔn nnwuma no.
12Nhyira nka onipa a ɔnya gyidie wɔ amanehunu mu, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔno na ɔbɛnya akyɛdeɛ a Onyankopɔn ahyɛ ho bɔ ama wɔn a wɔdɔ no no.
13Sɛ wɔsɔ obi hwɛ a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔka sɛ, “Saa sɔhwɛ yi firi Onyankopɔn.” Ɛfiri sɛ, 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 nyini a ɛwo owuo.
16Me nuanom adɔfoɔ, mommma wɔnnnaadaa mo. 17Akyɛdeɛ pa ne akyɛdeɛ a ɛyɛ pɛ nyinaa firi ɔsoro; ɛfiri Onyankopɔn a ɔbɔɔ ɔsoro hann no nkyɛn na ɛba. Ɔno na ɔnsesa sɛ sunsum. 18Ɔfiri ne pɛ mu nam nokorɛ a ɛwɔ asɛm no mu no so woo yɛn sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, yɛbɛdi ɛkan wɔ abɔdeɛ nyinaa mu.
Otie Ne Ɔyɛ
19Me nuanom adɔfoɔ, monhyɛ yeinom nso: monyɛ ntɛm ntie, monyɛ nyaa nkasa na monyɛ nyaa mfa abufuo; 20ɛfiri sɛ, onipa abufuo no mma ɔnnya Onyankopɔn tenenee no. 21Ɛno enti, montwe mo ho mfiri afideɛ ne atirimuɔden ho. Momfa mo ho mma Onyankopɔn na monnye asɛm a ɔdua wɔ mo akoma mu a ɛbɛgye mo nkwa no.
22Monntie asɛm no sɛ atiefoɔ kwa nsisi mo ho, na mmom, monyɛ asɛm no yɛfoɔ. 23Obiara a ɔtie asɛm no na ɔmfa nni dwuma no te sɛ obi a ɔhwɛ ahwehwɛ mu, na ɔhunu sɛdeɛ ɔteɛ. 24Ɔhwɛ ne ho wɔ ahwehwɛ no mu hunu ne ho yie na sɛ ɔfiri ahwehwɛ no anim ara pɛ a, ne werɛ firi deɛ ɔhunuiɛ no nyinaa. 25Nanso, obiara a ɔhwɛ mmara a ɛyɛ pɛ no mu yie, deɛ ɛma onipa de ne ho, na ɔdi so, na ɔtie, na ne werɛ mfiri, na ɔde di dwuma no, Onyankopɔn bɛhyira saa onipa no wɔ biribiara a ɔyɛ mu.
26Sɛ obi susu sɛ ɔyɛ Onyamesomfoɔ na wanto ne tɛkrɛma nnareka a, ne nyamesom no ho nni mfasoɔ na ɔdaadaa ne ho nso. 27Deɛ Agya Onyankopɔn fa no sɛ ɛyɛ nyamesom pa no nie: Ɔhwɛ nwisiaa ne akunafoɔ wɔ wɔn ahohia mu, na ɔyi ne ho firi ewiase porɔeɛ ho.