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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

 
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The Epistle of

JAMES

FAITH without works cannot be called faith. “Faith without works is dead” (2:26),
and a dead faith is worse than no faith at all. Faith must work, it must produce,
it must be visible.Verbal faith is not enough; mental faith is insufficient. Faith must
be there, but it must be more. It must inspire action. Throughout his epistle to Jewish
believers, James integrates true faith and everyday practical experience by
stressing that true faith must manifest itself in works of faith.
Faith endures trials. Trials come and go, but a strong faith will face them
head-on and develop endurance. Faith understands temptations. It will not allow
us to consent to our lust and slide into sin. Faith obeys the Word. It will not
merely hear and not do. Faith produces doers. Faith harbors no prejudice. For
James, faith and favoritism cannot coexist. Faith displays itself in works. Faith
is more than mere words; it is more than knowledge; it is demonstrated by obedience;
and it overtly responds to the promises of God. Faith controls the tongue.
This small but immensely powerful part of the body must be held in check. Faith
can do it. Faith acts wisely. It gives us the ability to choose wisdom that is heavenly
and to shun wisdom that is earthly. Faith produces separation from the
world and submission to God. It provides us with the ability to resist the Devil
 

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and humbly draw near to God. Finally, faith waits patiently for the coming of the
Lord. Through trouble and trial it stifles complaining.
The name Iakobos (James) in 1:1 is the basis for the early title Iakobou Epistole,
Epistle of James.” Iakobos is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Jacob, a
Jewish name common in the first century.

Greeting to the Twelve Tribes

1

1 JAMES, aa bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:

Greetings.

Profiting from Trials

2 My brethren, acount it all joy bwhen you fall into various trials,
3 aknowing that the testing of your faith produces 1patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be 1perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
5 aIf any of you lacks wisdom, blet him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and cit will be given to him.
6 aBut let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is aa double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

The Perspective of Rich and Poor

9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
10 but the rich in his humiliation, because aas a flower of the field he will pass away.
11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

Loving God Under Trials

12 aBlessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive bthe crown of life cwhich the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
15 Then, awhen desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, bbrings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aActs 12:17
2 aActs 5:41
b1 Pet. 1:6
3 aRom. 5:3–5
1endurance or
perseverance
4 1mature
5 a1 Kin. 3:9
bMatt. 7:7
cJer. 29:12
6 a[Mark
11:23, 24] 8 aJames 4:8
10 aJob 14:2
12 aJames 5:11
b[1 Cor. 9:25] cMatt. 10:22
15 aJob 15:35
b[Rom. 5:12;
6:23] 17 aJohn 3:27
bNum. 23:19
18 aJohn 1:13
b[1 Pet. 1:3,
23] c[Eph.
1:12, 13] 19 aProv.
10:19; 17:27
bProv. 14:17;
16:32 1NU
Know this or
This you
know
21 aCol. 3:8
bActs 13:26
1abundance
22 aMatt.
7:21–28
23 aLuke 6:47
25 aJames 2:12
bJohn 13:17
26 aPs. 34:13
1NU omits
among you
27 aMatt.
25:34–36
bIs. 1:17
c[Rom. 12:2]

CHAPTER 2 References

1 a1 Cor. 2:8
bLev. 19:15
2 1bright 2vile
3 1Lit. look
upon

JAMES 2:3

17 aEvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, bwith whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
18 aOf His own will He brought us forth by the bword of truth, cthat we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Qualities Needed in Trials

19 1So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, aslow to speak, bslow to wrath;
20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only

21 Therefore alay aside all filthiness and 1overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, bwhich is able to save your souls.
22 But abe doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For aif anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
25 But ahe who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, bthis one will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone 1among you thinks he is religious, and adoes not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
27 aPure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: bto visit orphans and widows in their trouble, cand to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Beware of Personal Favoritism

2

1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, athe Lord of glory, with bpartiality.
2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in 1fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in 2filthy clothes,
3 and you 1pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”

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JAMES 2:4

4 have you not 1shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brethren: aHas God not chosen the poor of this world to be brich in faith and heirs of the kingdom cwhich He promised to those who love Him?
6 But ayou have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you band drag you into the courts?
7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are acalled?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, a“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;
9 but if you 1show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as atransgressors.
10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet astumble in one point, bhe is guilty of all.
11 For He who said, a“Do not commit adultery,” also said, b“Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by athe law of liberty.
13 For ajudgment is without mercy to the one who has shown bno cmercy. dMercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 aWhat does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
15 aIf a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
16 and aone of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” aShow me your faith without 1your works, band I will show you my faith by 2my works.
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is 1dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works awhen he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
22 Do you see athat faith was working together with his works, and by bworks faith was made 1perfect?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, a“Abraham believed God, and it was 1accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called bthe friend of God.

4 1differentiated
5 a1 Cor. 1:27
bLuke 12:21
cEx. 20:6
6 a1 Cor. 11:22
bActs 13:50
7 a1 Pet. 4:16
8 aLev. 19:18
9 aDeut. 1:17
1Lit. receive
the face
10 aGal. 3:10
bDeut. 27:26
11 aEx. 20:14;
Deut. 5:18
bEx. 20:13;
Deut. 5:17
12 aJames 1:25
13 aJob 22:6
bProv. 21:13
cMic. 7:18
dRom. 12:8
14 aMatt.
7:21–23, 26;
21:28–32
15 aLuke 3:11
16 a[1 John
3:17, 18] 18 aHeb. 6:10
bJames 3:13
1NU omits
your 2NU
omits my
20 1NU useless
21 aGen. 22:9,
10, 12, 16–18
22 aHeb. 11:17
bJohn 8:39
1complete
23 aGen. 15:6
b2 Chr. 20:7
1credited
25 aHeb. 11:31

CHAPTER 3 References

1 a[Matt. 23:8] bLuke 6:37
2 a1 Kin. 8:46
bPs. 34:13
c[Matt.
12:34–37] 1mature
3 aPs. 32:9
1NU Now if
5 aProv. 12:18;
15:2 bPs. 12:3;
73:8
6 aProv. 16:27
b[Matt. 12:36;
15:11, 18] 1unrighteousness
2existence
3Gr.
Gehenna
8 aPs. 140:3
9 aGen. 1:26;
5:1; 9:6 1likeness
12 aMatt.
7:16–20 1NU
Neither can a
salty spring
produce fresh
water.
13 aGal. 6:4
14 aRom. 13:13
bRom. 2:17
1selfish ambition
15 aPhil. 3:19
16 a1 Cor. 3:3

24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, awas not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

The Untamable Tongue

3

1 My brethren, alet not many of you become teachers, bknowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
2 For awe all stumble in many things. bIf anyone does not stumble in word, che is a 1perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
3 1Indeed, awe put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
5 Even so athe tongue is a little member and bboasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
6 And athe tongue is a fire, a world of 1iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it bdefiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of 2nature; and it is set on fire by 3hell.
7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, afull of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made ain the 1similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
12 Can a afig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? 1Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom

13 aWho is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
14 But if you have abitter envy and 1self-seeking in your hearts, bdo not boast and lie against the truth.
15 aThis wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
16 For awhere envy and selfseeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

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17 But athe wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, bwithout partiality cand without hypocrisy.
18 aNow the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

17 a1 Cor. 2:6,
7 bJames 2:1
cRom. 12:9
18 aProv. 11:18

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PSALM 31

The LORD a Fortress in Adversity

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 IN aYou, O LORD, I 1put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.
2 aBow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of 1refuge, A 2fortress of defense to save me.

3 aFor You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, bfor Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength.
5 aInto Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of btruth.

6 I have hated those awho regard useless idols; But I trust in the LORD.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have aknown my soul in 1adversities,
8 And have not ashut1 me up into the hand of the enemy; bYou have set my feet in a wide place.

9 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; aMy eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my 1body!
10 For my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away.
11 aI am a 1reproach among all my enemies, But bespecially among my neighbors, And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
cThose who see me outside flee from me.
12 aI am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a 1broken vessel.

PSALM 31 References

1 aPs. 22:5
1have taken
refuge
2 aPs. 17:6;
71:2; 86:1;
102:2
1strength 2Lit.
house of
fortresses
3 a[Ps. 18:2] bPs. 23:3;
25:11
5 aLuke 23:46
b[Deut. 32:4];
Ps. 71:22
6 aJon. 2:8
7 a[John 10:27] 1troubles
8 a[Deut.
32:30]; Ps.
37:33 b[Ps.
4:1; 18:19] 1given me
over
9 aPs. 6:7 1Lit.
belly
11 a[Is. 53:4] bJob 19:13;
Ps. 38:11;
88:8, 18 cPs.
64:8 1despised
thing
12 aPs. 88:4, 5
1Lit. perishing
13 aPs. 50:20;
Jer. 20:10
bLam. 2:22
cPs. 62:4;
Matt. 27:1
15 a[Job 14:5;
24:1] 16 aPs. 4:6;
80:3
17 aPs. 25:2, 20
b[1 Sam. 2:9];
Ps. 94:17;
115:17
18 aPs. 109:2;
120:2 b[1 Sam.
2:3]; Ps. 94:4;
[Jude 15] 19 aPs. 145:7;
[Rom. 2:4;
11:22] 20 a[Ps. 27:5;
32:7] bJob
5:21 1shelter
21 a[Ps. 17:7] 1fortified
24 a[Ps. 27:14

13 aFor I hear the slander of many; bFear is on every side; While they ctake counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life.

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your ahand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.
16 aMake Your face shine upon Your servant; Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
17 aDo not let me be ashamed, O LORD, for I have called upon You; Let the wicked be ashamed; bLet them be silent in the grave.
18 aLet the lying lips be put to silence, Which bspeak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 aOh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men!
20 aYou shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; bYou shall keep them secretly in a 1pavilion From the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the LORD, For aHe has shown me His marvelous kindness in a 1strong city!
22 For I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried out to You.

23 Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person.
24 aBe of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.

 
 

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