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.
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.