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James 1

1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But 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. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For 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.

12 Blessed 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.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He 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

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, 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.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But 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.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion 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.

Footnotes

  1. James 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.

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Yakobo 1

1Kutoka kwa Yakobo, mtumishi wa Mungu na wa Bwana Yesu Kristo. Kwa makabila kumi na mawili yaliyotawanyika ulimwenguni. Salamu:

Imani Na Hekima

Ndugu wapendwa, mnapopatwa na majaribu mbalimbali, yahesab uni kuwa ni furaha tupu. Kwa maana mnafahamu ya kuwa kujaribiwa kwa imani yenu hujenga ustahimilivu. Na ustahimilivu ukimaliza kazi yake mtakuwa wakamilifu pasipo kupungukiwa na cho chote.

Lakini kama mtu ye yote kati yenu akipungukiwa na hekima, basi na amwombe Mungu, ambaye huwapa watu wote kwa ukarimu pasipo kulaumu, naye atapewa. Lakini aombe kwa imani pasipo shaka yo yote; maana mwenye mashaka ni kama wimbi la bahari ambalo husu kumwa na upepo, likitupwa huku na huku. Mtu kama huyo asidhani atapata kitu cho chote kutoka kwa Bwana; kwa maana yeye ni mtu mwenye nia mbili asiyekuwa na msimamo katika jambo lo lote.

Umaskini Na Utajiri

Ndugu asiye na cheo afurahi kwa sababu Bwana amemtukuza; 10 na tajiri afurahi anaposhushwa kwa maana atatoweka kama ua la mwituni. 11 Maana jua huchomoza na kwa mionzi yake mikali hukausha mimea, na maua yake huanguka na uzuri wake hupotea. Vivyo hivyo tajiri naye atafifia akiwa katika shughuli zake.

Kujaribiwa

12 Amebarikiwa mtu ambaye anavumilia majaribu, kwa sababu akisha stahimili atapewa taji ya uzima ambayo Mungu amewaahidi wale wampendao. 13 Mtu akijaribiwa asiseme, “Ninajaribiwa na Mungu,” kwa maana Mungu hajaribiwi na uovu na yeye hamjaribu mtu ye yote. 14 Lakini kila mtu hujaribiwa anapovutwa na kudanganywa na tamaa yake mwenyewe. 15 Kisha tamaa hiyo ikisha chukua mimba, huzaa dhambi; na dhambi ikisha komaa, huzaa mauti.

16 Ndugu zangu wapendwa, msidanganywe. 17 Kila kipawa chema na kila zawadi kamilifu hutoka mbinguni, ikishuka kutoka kwa Baba wa nuru za mbinguni ambaye habadiliki kama kivuli. 18 Kwa kupenda kwake mwenyewe alituzaa kwa neno la kweli, kusudi tuwe kama mavuno ya kwanza katika viumbe vyake.

Kusikia Na Kutenda

19 Ndugu wapendwa, fahamuni jambo hili: kila mtu awe mwepesi wa kusikia, bali si mwepesi wa kusema wala kukasirika. 20 Maana hasira ya mwanadamu haitendi haki ya Mungu. 21 Kwa hiyo epukeni uchafu wote na uovu ambao umeenea, mkapokee kwa unyenyekevu lile neno lililopandwa mioyoni mwenu ambalo linaweza kuokoa nafsi zenu.

22 Basi muwe watendaji wa neno na wala msiwe wasikilizaji tu, ambao wanajidanganya wenyewe. 23 Kwa maana kama mtu ni msi kilizaji tu wa neno na wala hatekelezi alilosikia, atafanana na mtu ajitazamaye uso wake katika kioo, 24 na baada ya kujiona alivyo, huenda zake na mara moja husahau anavyofanana. 25 Lakini mtu anayeangalia kwa makini katika sheria kamilifu, ile sheria iletayo uhuru, na akaendelea kufanya hivyo bila kusahau alichosi kia, bali akakitekeleza, atabarikiwa katika kile anachofanya.

26 Mtu akidhani kuwa ana dini na huku hautawali ulimi wake, anajidanganya mwenyewe na dini yake ni bure. 27 Dini iliyo safi, isiyo na uchafu mbele za Mungu Baba, ndio hii: kuwasaidia yatima na wajane katika dhiki zao, na kujilinda mwenyewe usichafuliwe na ulimwengu.