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When it is full grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my dear brothers.
Every kind of generous giving and every perfect
gift is from above, And comes down from the Father of lights, With whom can be no variation,
Nor shadow which is cast by turning. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of
truth, So that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his
For the wrath of man
And overflowing malice,
But be doers of the word,
a doer, He is like a man looking at his natural face in
JAMES For he looks at himself and goes away, And at once forgets what kind of a man he
was. But he who looks into the perfect law, The law of liberty, and continues to look, Being not a hearer who forgets, but a doer who
does, This man will be blessed in his doing. If any one thinks himself to be religious,
While he does not bridle his tongue,
But deceives his heart, This man's religion is vain. Pure religion, And undefiled before our God and Father, is
this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their afflic
tion, And to keep himself unspotted from the world.
My brothers, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there comes into your synagogue a gold-ringed man, in gorgeous clothes, and there comes in also a poor man in squalid clothes ; and you look with respect on him who wears the gorgeous clothes, and say, Sit here honorably; And you say to the poor man, Stand there, or sit under my footstool; are you not 2:4. divided in your own mind and have become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers.
Did not God choose those who are poor so far as this world is concerned to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which he promised to those who love him?
But you have dishonored the poor.
Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you to courts of justice? Is it not they who revile the noble name by which you are called ? If, however, you keep the royal law according to the scripture : Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,
But if you are person-accepting, it is sin which you are committing, and you are convicted by the law as law-breakers.
For whoever shall keep the whole law, yet shall offend in one point, he has become guilty of all. For he who said :
Do not commit adultery, said also :
Do not kill. Now if you do not commit adultery, but kill, you have become a law-breaker.
So speak and so act as men who are to be judged by a law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to him who has showed no mercy.
Mercy glories over judgment.
you do well.
Go in peace.
What good is it, my brothers,
If any one says he has faith,
Be warmed and filled,
needed for the body,
But some one will say:
The demons also believe and shudder.
sight by works,
And Abraham believed God,
You see that by works a man is set right in
right in God's sight by works,
out another way?
My brothers, do not get into the way of being many teachers, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment. For in many things we all offend.
If any one does not offend in word, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. And if we put the horses' bits into their mouths, so that they may obey us, we turn about their whole body also.
Look, the ships also, though they are so great, and are driven by rough winds, are yet turned about by a very small rudder, wherever the impulse of the steersman wishes.
So the tongue also is a little member, and