James (KJV – 1611)

The Epistle of James ~ 1611 King James [Modern]
1:01 James a servant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve Tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
1:02 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations,
1:03 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience,
1:04 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect, and entire, wanting nothing.
1:05 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.
1:06 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.
1:07 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
1:08 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1:09 Let the brother of low degree, rejoice in that he is exalted:
1:10 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 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 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 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 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
1:17 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 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 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 righteousness of God.
1:21 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 your own selves.
1:23 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 beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:25 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 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 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.
2:01 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2:02 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man, in vile raiment:
2:03 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place: and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
2:04 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
2:05 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he hath promised to them that love him?
2:06 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the Judgement seats?
2:07 Do not they blaspheme that worthy Name, by the which ye are called?
2:08 If ye fulfil the royal Law, according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.
2:09 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the Law, as transgressors.
2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, & yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery; said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the Law.
2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the Law of liberty.
2:13 For he shall have judgement without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy, & mercy rejoiceth against judgement.
2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be you warmed & filled: notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body: what doth it profit?
2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone.
2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
2:19 Thou believest that there is one God, thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God.
2:24 Ye see then, how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
2:25 Likewise also, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
3:01 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
3:02 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3:03 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us, and we turn about their whole body.
3:04 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
3:05 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things: behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.
3:06 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue amongst our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell.
3:07 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind.
3:08 But the tongue can no man tame, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
3:09 Therewith bless we God, even the Father: and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing: my brethren, these things ought not so to be.
3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water & fresh.
3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge amongst you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion, and every evil work.
3:17 But the wisdom that is from above, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, of them that make peace.
4:01 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts, that war in your members?
4:02 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
4:03 Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4:04 Ye adulterers, and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God.
4:05 Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
4:06 But he giveth more grace, wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
4:07 Submit yourselves therefore to God: resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
4:08 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you: cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purify your hearts ye double minded.
4:09 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
4:11 Speak not evil one of another (brethren:) he that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the Law, and judgeth the Law: but if thou judge the Law, thou art not a doer of the Law, but a judge.
4:12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save, and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
4:13 Go to now ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and continue there a year, and buy, and sell, and get gain:
4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow: for what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
4:15 For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
5:01 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
5:02 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments motheaten:
5:03 Your gold and silver is cankered, and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire: ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
5:04 Behold, the hire of the labourers which have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped, are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
5:05 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton: ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter:
5:06 Ye have condemned, and killed the just, and he doth not resist you.
5:07 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord: behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
5:08 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
5:09 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the Judge standeth before the door.
5:10 Take, my brethren, the Prophets, who have spoken in the Name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.
5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea, be yea, and your nay, nay: lest ye fall into condemnation.
5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing Psalms.
5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord:
5:15 And the prayer of Faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed: the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him,
5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.