James (Tyndale – 1526)

The Epistle of James ~ 1526 Tyndale [Modern]
1:01 James the servant of God, and of the lord Jesus Christ, sendeth greeting to the twelve tribes which are scattered here and there.
1:02 My brethren, count it exceeding joy when ye fall into divers temptations,
1:03 remembering how that the trying of your faith bringeth patience:
1:04 and let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and sound, that nothing be lacking unto you.
1:05 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:
1:06 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.
1:07 Neither let that man think that he shall receive any thing of God.
1:08 A wavering minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1:09 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted,
1:10 and the rich in that he is made low. For even as the flower of the grass shall he vanish away.
1:11 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.
1:12 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.
1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted that he is tempted of god: for god tempteth not unto evil: he tempteth no man:
1:14 But every man is tempted drawn away, and enticed of his own concupiscence.
1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, she bringeth forth sin, and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.
1:16 Err not my dear brethren.
1:17 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.
1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of life, that we should be the first of his creatures.
1:19 Wherefore dear brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not that which is righteous before God.
1:21 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:
1:22 And see that ye be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
1:23 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.
1:24 For as soon as he hath looked on himself, he goeth his way, and hath immediately forgotten what his fashion was:
1:25 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.
1:26 If any man among you seem devout, and refrain not his tongue: but deceive his own heart, this man’s devotion is in vain.
1:27 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.
2:01 Brethren have not the faith of our lord Jesus Christ the lord of glory in respect of persons.
2:02 If there come into your company a man with a golden ring, and in goodly apparel and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment,
2:03 and ye have a respect to him that weareth the gay clothing and say unto him: Sit thou here in a good place: and say unto the poor, stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
2:04 are ye not even partial in yourselves, and have judged after evil thoughts?
2:05 Hearken my dear beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world, which are rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he promised to them that love him?
2:06 But ye have despised the poor. Are not the rich they which oppress you: and they which draw you before judges?
2:07 Do not they speak evil of that good name that is called on over you?
2:08 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture which saith: Thou shalt love thine neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
2:09 but if ye regard one person more than another, ye commit sin, and are rebuked of the law as transgressors.
2:10 Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet fail in one point, he is guilty in all.
2:11 For he that said: Thou shalt not commit fornication, said also: thou shalt not kill. Though thou shalt do no fornication, yet if thou kill, thou art 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 there shall be judgement merciless to him that sheweth no mercy, and mercy rejoiceth against judgement:
2:14 What availeth it my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, when he hath no deeds? Can faith save him?
2:15 If a brother or a sister be naked or destitute of daily food,
2:16 and one of you say unto them: Depart in peace, God send you warmness and food: notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body: what helpeth it them?
2:17 Even so faith, if it have no deeds is dead in itself.
2:18 But one shall say: Thou hast faith, and I have deeds: Shew me thy faith by thy deeds: and I will shew thee my faith by my deeds.
2:19 Believest thou that there is one god? Thou doest well. The devils also believe and tremble.
2:20 Wilt thou understand o thou vain man, that faith without deeds is dead?
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified of his deeds when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
2:22 Thou seest how that faith wrought with in his deeds, and through the deeds was the faith made perfect.
2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith: Abraham believed god, and it was reputed unto him for rightwiseness: and he was called the friend of God.
2:24 Ye see then how that of deeds a man is justified, and not of faith only.
2:25 Likewise also was not Raab the harlot justified when she received the messengers, and sent them out another way?
2:26 For as the body, without the spirit is dead, even so faith without deeds is dead.
3:01 My brethren, be not every man a master, Remembering how that we shall receive the more damnation.
3:02 For in many things we sin all. If a man sin not in word, he is a perfect man and able to tame all the body.
3:03 Behold we put bits into the horses’ mouths that they should obey us, and we turn about all the 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 violence of the governor will:
3:05 even so the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things. Behold how great a thing a little fire kindleth,
3:06 and the tongue is fire, and a world of wickedness. So is the tongue set among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth afire all that we have of nature, and is itself set afire, even of hell.
3:07 All the natures of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and things of the sea, are meeked and tamed of the nature of man.
3:08 But the tongue can no man tame. It is an unruly evil full of deadly poison.
3:09 Therewith bless we God the father, and therewith curse we men which are made unto the similitude of God.
3:10 Out of one mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren these things ought not so to be.
3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at one place sweet water, and bitter also?
3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries: other a vine bear figs? So can no fountain give both salt water and fresh also.
3:13 Who is wise and endued with learning among you? Let him shew the works of his good conversation in meekness that is coupled with wisdom.
3:14 If ye have bitter envying among you, and strife in your hearts, rejoice not: neither be liars against the truth.
3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above: but is earthy, and natural, and devilish:
3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is unstableness, and all manner of evil works:
3:17 but the wisdom that is from above, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without judging, and without simulation:
3:18 yea, and the fruit of rightwiseness is sown in peace, of them that keep peace.
4:01 From whence cometh war, and fighting among you? come they not here hence? even of your voluptuousness that reigneth in your members.
4:02 Ye lust, and have not. Ye envy and have indignation, and cannot come by it. Ye fight and war, and have not, because ye ask not.
4:03 Ye ask and have not, because ye ask amiss, for to consume it upon your voluptuousness.
4:04 Ye advoutrers, and women that break matrimony: know ye not how that the friendship of the world is enmity to god-ward? Whosoever will be friend of the world, is made the enemy of god.
4:05 Do ye suppose that the scripture saith in vain: The spirit that dwelleth in you, lusteth even contrary to envy:
4:06 but giveth more grace.
4:07 Submit yourselves to god, and resist the devil, and he will fly from you.
4:08 Draw nigh to god, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purge your hearts ye wavering minded.
4:09 Suffer afflictions: sorrow ye and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
4:10 Cast down yourselves before the lord, and he shall lift you up.
4:11 Backbite not one another, brethren. He that backbiteth his brother, and he that judgeth his brother, backbiteth the law, and judgeth the law: but and if thou judge the law, thou art not an observer of the law: but a judge.
4:12 There is one lawgiver, which is able to save and to destroy. what art thou that judgest another man.
4:13 Go to now ye that say: today and tomorrow let us go into such a city and continue there a year and buy, and sell, and win:
4:14 and yet cannot tell what shall happen tomorrow. For what thing 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 and if we live, let us 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 how to do good, and doeth it not, it is sin.
5:01 Go to now ye Rich men. Weep, and howl on your wretchedness that shall come upon you.
5:02 Your riches is corrupt, your garments are motheaten.
5:03 Your gold and your silver are cankered, and the rust of them shall be a witness unto you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together in your last days:
5:04 Behold the hire of the labourers which have reaped down your fields (which hire 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 in wantonness. Ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
5:06 Ye have condemned and have killed the just, and he hath not resisted 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 thereupon, until he receive the early and the latter rain.
5:08 Be ye also patient therefore, and settle your hearts, for the coming of the lord draweth nigh.
5:09 Grudge not one against another brethren, lest ye be dampned. Behold the judge standeth before the door.
5:10 Take (my brethren) the prophets for an ensample of suffering adversity, and of long patience, which spake in the name of the lord.
5:11 Behold we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have known what end the lord made, For the lord is very pitiful, and merciful.
5:12 But above all things my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by earth, neither by any other oath. Let your saying be yea yea, nay nay: lest ye fall into hypocrisy.
5:13 Is there any among you that is evil vexed? let him pray. Is there any man among you that is merry? let him sing psalms.
5:14 Is there any man diseased among you? Let him call for the seniors of the congregation, and let them pray over him, and anoint 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 Knowledge your faults one to another: and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man availeth much, if it be fervent.
5:17 Helias was a man in danger to tribulation as we are, and he prayed in his prayer, that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
5:18 And again he prayed, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
5:19 Brethren if any of you err from the truth, and another convert him,
5:20 let the same know, that he which converted the sinner from going astray out of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide the multitude of sins.
END The end of the epistle of Saint James.