|Return to Index||Henry's Commentary|
|1||James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.|
|2||My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into adivers temptations;|
|3||Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.|
|4||But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.|
|5||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.|
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that 1wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
|7||For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.|
|8||A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.|
|9||Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:|
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the 1grass he shall pass away.
|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.|
|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.|
|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:|
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own 1lust, and enticed.
|15||Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.|
|16||Do not err, my beloved brethren.|
|17||Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.|
|18||Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.|
|19||Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:|
|20||For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.|
|21||Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and asuperfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.|
But be ye 1doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
|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:|
|24||For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.|
|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.|
|26||If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.|
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their 1affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
|Notes on Chapter 1|
(a) "divers" = different kinds
Strongs #4164 poikilos - motley, various in character, manifold.
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(a) "superfluity of naughtiness" = evil that is so prevalent.
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