Modern Literal Version
Modern Literal Version
[ James 1]

     1:1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes, those who are in the dispersion. Hail to youĎ!

     1:2 My brethren, deemĎ it with all joy, whenever youĎ fall into various temptations, 1:3 knowing that the proving of yourĎ faith is working out endurance. 1:4 But let endurance have its completed work, in order that youĎ may be complete and whole, deficient in nothing.

     1:5 But if anyone of youĎ is deficient of wisdom, let him ask from God, who gives to all liberally and does not reproach any, and it will be given to him. 1:6 But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing in himself. For* he who is doubting himself resembles a wave of the sea being blown by the wind and tossed around. 1:7 For* do not let that man assume that he will be receiving anything from the LordС 1:8 an indecisive man is restless in all his ways.

     1:9 But let the humble brother boast in his elevation, 1:10 but the rich brother in his humbleness, because like the flower of the grass, he will be passing away. 1:11 For* the sun has risen together with the burning heat, and dried up the grass, and its flower fell and the beauty of its face perished. So shall the rich man also fade away in his pursuits.

     1:12 The fortunate man who is enduring temptation, because having become approved, he will be receiving the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love* him. 1:13 Let no one say when* he is tempted, I am tempted from God, for* God is not temptable from evils, and he himself tempts no one. 1:14 But each person is tempted, when* he is pulled away and enticed by his own lust. 1:15 Thereafter when* this lust has conceived, it bears sin, and sin, when* it has matured, gives-birth to death. 1:16 DoĎ not be misled, my beloved brethren!

     1:17 Every good act of giving, and every complete gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor a shadow of turning. 1:18 Having willed it, he gave-birth to us with the word of truth, *that* we might be a certain first-fruit of his created things.

     1:19 So-then my beloved brethren, let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. 1:20 For* the wrath of man is not working out the righteousness of God. 1:21 Hence, having placed away from yourselves all filthiness and the abundance of malice, acceptĎ the implanted word in meekness, which is able to save yourĎ souls.

     1:22 But becomeĎ doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. 1:23 Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he resembles a man considering his face (which was his from birth) in a mirror. 1:24 For* he has considered himself, and has gone away and immediately forgot what sort of man he was. 1:25 But he who has peered into the complete law, the law of freedom, and has remained in it, this one, having not become a forgetful hearer, but a doer of works, this one will be fortunate in his doing {Or: action; practice}. {1Co 13:10}

     1:26 If anyone among youĎ thinks himself to be outwardly religious, though he does not bridle his tongue but deceiving his heart; this one's religion is futile. 1:27 A clean and undefiled religion with our God and Father is this: to {F} visit {F} the orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

     {Footnotes: James 1:27a, many try to use the other meaning of this Greek word: oversee. James 1:27b, or: the fatherless. See the section 'Greek History During New Testament Times.'}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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