James: Chapter 01

The Epistle of James. The 1st Chapter
Ver.
Wycliffe (1382/95)
Tyndale (1526)
Geneva (1560)
King James (1611)
1:1 James, the servant of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve kindreds, that be in scattering abroad, health. James the servant of God, and of the lord Jesus Christ, sendeth greeting to the twelve tribes which are scattered here and there. James a servant of God, & of the Lord JESUS CHRIST, to the twelve Tribes, which are scattered abroad, salutation. James a servant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve Tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
1:2 My brethren, guess ye all joy, when ye fall into divers temptations, My brethren, count it exceeding joy when ye fall into divers temptations, My brethren, count it exceeding joy, when ye fall into divers temptations, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations,
1:3 witting, that the proving of your faith worketh patience; remembering how that the trying of your faith bringeth patience: Knowing that the trying of your faith bringeth forth patience. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience,
1:4 soothly patience hath a perfect work, that ye be perfect and whole, in nothing failing. and let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and sound, that nothing be lacking unto you. And let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect, and entire, wanting nothing.
1:5 And if any of you needeth wisdom, ask he of God, that giveth to all men largely, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him. If any that is among you lack wisdom, let him ask of God (which giveth to all men without doubleness, and casteth no man in the teeth) and it shall be given him: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, which giveth to all men liberally, and reproacheth no man, and it shall be given him. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.
1:6 But ask he in faith, nothing doubting; for he that doubteth, is like to a wave of the sea, the which of wind is moved and borne about. but let him ask in faith, and waver not. For he that doubteth is like the waves of the sea, tossed of the wind, and carried with violence. But let him ask in faith, and waver not: for he that wavereth, is like a wave of the sea, tossed of the wind, and carried away. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind, and tossed.
1:7 Therefore guess not that man, that he shall take any thing of the Lord. Neither let that man think that he shall receive any thing of God. Neither let that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
1:8 A man double in soul is unstable in all his ways. A wavering minded man is unstable in all his ways. A wavering minded man is unstable in all his ways. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1:9 Forsooth a meek brother glory in his enhancing. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted, Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: Let the brother of low degree, rejoice in that he is exalted:
1:10 and a rich man in his lowness; for as the flower of grass he shall pass. and the rich in that he is made low. For even as the flower of the grass shall he vanish away. Again he that is rich, in that he is made low: for as the flower of the grass, shall he vanish away. But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
1:11 For the sun rose with burning, and dried the hay, and the flower of it fell down, and the fairness of his cheer perished; so and a rich man withereth in his ways. The sun is risen with heat, and the grass is withered, and his flower is fallen away, and the beauty of the fashion of it is perished: even so shall the rich man perish in his abundance. For as when the sun riseth with heat, then the grass withereth, and his flower falleth away, & the beauty of the fashion of it perisheth: even so shall the rich man fade away in all his ways. For the Sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass; and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
1:12 Blessed is the man, that suffereth temptation; for when he shall be proved, he shall receive the crown of life, which God promised to men that love him. Happy is the man that endureth in temptation, for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the lord hath prepared for them that love him. Blessed is the man, that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1:13 No man when he is tempted, say, that he is tempted of God; for why God is not a tempter of evil things, for he tempteth no man. Let no man say when he is tempted that he is tempted of god: for god tempteth not unto evil: he tempteth no man: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.
1:14 Soothly each man is tempted of his own coveting, drawn from reason, and snared. But every man is tempted drawn away, and enticed of his own concupiscence. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own concupiscence, and is enticed. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
1:15 Then coveting, when it hath conceived, bringeth forth sin; soothly sin, when it is fulfilled, gendereth death. Then when lust hath conceived, she bringeth forth sin, and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, and sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
1:16 And so, my most dear-worthy brethren, do not ye err. Err not my dear brethren. Err not, my dear brethren. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
1:17 Each best thing given, and all perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom is not any changing, neither shadowing of whileness. Every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above and cometh down from the father of light, with whom is no variableness, neither is he changed unto darkness. Every good giving, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadowing by turning. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, & cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
1:18 Forsooth wilfully he gendered us with the word of truth, that we be a beginning of his creature. Of his own will begat he us with the word of life, that we should be the first of his creatures. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be as the first fruits of his creatures. Of his own will begat he us, with the word of Truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
1:19 Know ye, my brethren most loved, be each man swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to wrath; Wherefore dear brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. Wherefore my dear brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, & slow to wrath. Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
1:20 for the wrath of man worketh not the rightwiseness of God. For the wrath of man worketh not that which is righteous before God. For the wrath of man doth not accomplish the righteousness of God. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
1:21 For which thing cast ye away all uncleanness, and plenty of malice, and in mildness receive ye the word inset, that may save your souls. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, all superfluity of maliciousness, and receive with meekness the word that is grafted in you, which is able to save your souls: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, & superfluity of maliciousness, & receive with meekness the word that is graffed in you, which is able to save your souls. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, & receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. And see that ye be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. And be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
1:23 For if any man is an hearer of the word, and not a doer, this shall be comparisoned to a man beholding the cheer of his birth in a mirror; For if a man hear the word, and do it not, he is like unto a man that beholdeth his bodily face in a glass. For if any hear the word, & do it not, he is like unto a man, that beholdeth his natural face in a glass. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
1:24 for he beheld himself, and went away, and anon he forgot what manner man he was. For as soon as he hath looked on himself, he goeth his way, and hath immediately forgotten what his fashion was: For when he hath considered himself, he goeth his way, & forgetteth immediately what manner of one he was. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:25 But he that beholdeth into the law of perfect freedom, and dwelleth in it, and is not made a forgetful hearer, but a doer of work, this shall be blessed in his deed. but whosoever looketh in the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein (if he be not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work) he shall be happy in his deed. But whoso looketh in the perfect Law of liberty, and continueth therein, he not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, shall be blessed in his deed. But whoso looketh into the perfect Law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
1:26 And if any man guesseth himself to be religious, and refraineth not his tongue, but deceiveth his heart, the religion of him is vain. If any man among you seem devout, and refrain not his tongue: but deceive his own heart, this man’s devotion is in vain. If any man among you seemeth religious, and restraineth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. If any man among you seem to be religious, & bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
1:27 A clean religion, and unwemmed with God and the Father, is this, to visit fatherless and motherless children, and widows in their tribulation, and to keep himself undefouled from the world. Pure devotion and undefiled before God the father, is this: To visit the friendless, and widows in their adversity, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Pure religion & undefiled before God, even the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless, and widows in their adversity, and to keep himself unspotted of the world. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
James: Chapter 02