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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 divers 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. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth 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: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass 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: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, 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 superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers 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. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

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1 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
2 angela h = "It is believed that this James is the half-brother of Jesus.  This particular James was the leader of the Jerusalem church. His reference to the 12 tribes tells us that he is writing to the Jews who converted to Christianity. These Jews were dispersed throughout the Roman Empire at this time (about 49 a.d.)"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = ""In this, he is a good example to us. If we are anything, it is from God. And there is no cause for us to be proud. He called himself a servant or slave of God and of the *Lord Jesus Christ. He was neither a free man or a hired servant but a slave. The master owned the slaves. And the slaves lived to do what their master told them to do. To James it was an honour to make himself a slave, and to belong to God and to the *Lord Jesus. The *Scripture calls some of the great people in *Israel’s history slaves or servants of God. [See for example Abraham (Genesis 26:24), Moses (Joshua 1:1), David (Psalm 36:1).] James, like them, lived to serve God and the people of God."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/james-lbw.htm"
4 Cary W = "We are encouraged to count it all joy when encountering trials because the tests are given to develop endurance. Endurance, it says here, produces the result of a perfect character who lacks nothing, having total dependence on a wise and knowing Father, in whom our confidence in is never shaken, regardless of what may come. The question may come, is there any other way to develop such unshakable trust? Life tends to agree: with adversity and trial comes the precious quality of endurance. "
5 Deena E = "Verse 4--"but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." Why is patience such an important quality? James radically encourages others to joyfully receive trials because they produce patience. This seems like such an outrageous statement in this day and age. The US is overly saturated with convenience where speedily access to everything is highly valued and in turn this devalues patience. In addition to convenience, instant pleasure and gratification is normalcized and trials are generally not only unwanted, but not appreciated which makes joyfully receiving them nearly impossible. But James is suggesting that when we joyfully embrace our various trials it in turn produces a patience that leaves us in a lasting state of contentment--wanting [for] nothing and entire (or complete)."
6 Sara Di Diego = "Temptations do not only mean allurements from sins, but also the process of trials or anything that could test a Christian's character or make them impure. Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/james/james-1.html"
7 angela h = "Literally--trials are how we obtain patience. When things come up against our faith, we pray more, meditate more, and study more; making our faith even stronger. We learn to rely on God and not ourselves. see 2 Corinthians 12:9"
8 Cary W = "Our Father is such caring provider that He more than encourages us to ask for whatever we need. And most of what we need is wisdom to navigate the obstacles, trials and tests that show up in our life. And that one request of wisdom, He is generous, without reproach, and fully able and willing to provide."
9 Deena E = "Wisdom is referenced many times throughout both the Old and New Testaments. This is often cross referenced with 1 Kings 3:9 when King Solomon prayed and asked God for wisdom or understanding. The primary reason was for Solomon to discern between right and wrong. When asking God for such things, He gives of them freely. "
10 Jordan W = "This scripture was one of the important verses of the Bible that led the prophet Joseph Smith to ask God which church he should join and which was the true church on the earth.  Joseph Smith's story is on Deily here.  "
11 angela h = "When we ask God for things according to His will (and we know He wants us to be wise Proverbs 1) we should be certain that He is powerful enough to answer. If we doubt, we are showing small or no faith. We can't very well say "Lord bless me....if You can." That shows disbelief. We should say "Father I know it is Your will, and I trust You to provide."If we can't understand that God is all powerful and very capable, then we are lacking in all other areas of our life. Our relationship with God affects every aspect of our being."
12 Deena E = "Don't expect to receive anything from God if you ask without faith. What is James talking about? I imagine a loved one asking me for a favor. Let's say it's $500 and let's say they know I have it.Approach A--"I'm $500 dollars short on my rent, will you loan it to me?"Approach B--"I already know that you're not going to do this, but can you loan me $500?"Approach B is what it looks like when we ask God for anything with a double-mind. Why would anyone want to give that person anything?"
13 Deena E = "In other words, indecision creates instability in that it hinders one from progressing forward. "
14 angela h = "In these 3 verses, James lets us know that our social or financial status is insignificant. We are in this life for only a short while. If we are counting on what we have then we have missed the entire purpose of our lives. Our lives are not about us, but about praising and serving The Almighty God. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Psalm 148:5 James uses this beautiful imagery of flowers and grass fading in the heat of the sun to symbolize our lives. No matter how beautiful a presentation we give or how vibrant we are our flesh will still die."
15 Sara Di Diego = "This is taken from Isaiah 40:6-8."
16 Cary W = "This verse really supports the previous encouragement, for often we think it is God putting us in trials or testing us, when it is not even remotely in His nature to tempt or be tempted. Rather He reminds us that what trials come to us, especially temptation is rooted in our own enticements and lust. We are told to not deceive ourselves, for every good and perfect gift, most importantly our own existence, comes from Him, from above. All of our difficulties arise from forgetting His perennial goodness in all things."
17 angela h = "This "crown of life" is also mentioned in Revelation 2:10, where Jesus is addressing the church of Smyrna (the persecuted church). The crown of life is also sometimes referred to as the martyr's crown. I believe this crown to be eternal life with Jesus Christ Himself. To those who die for Jesus; He gives life eternal with Him in Paradise."
18 angela h = "God will never under any circumstance entice anyone to sin. He will test us but never tempt us to sin. God hates sin; (Psalm 5:5) but God loves sinners (Romans 5:8) "
19 Deena E = ""God cannot be tempted; therefore God does not tempt anyone"There is an enemy at work on the inside of everyone and that is self. This is often referred to as the nature of the flesh. By a man's own lust is he enticed and drawn away. Many scholars have accredited the origination of the fall of mankind in Genesis 3 to Eve's desire to become wise, as the serpent persuaded her. Because of that desire, she was driven away to disobey the instruction her husband gave her from God."
20 angela h = "Here we are reminded of our sin nature. We begin to think of the sin. The initial thought itself is not sin; it is temptation. It becomes sin when we entertain our wicked thoughts. We will intentionally and continually think of that sin. Then we will talk ourselves into acting on those thoughts we have been having. The death that follows is the absence of life. We take the life and freedom that Jesus has given us and toss it to the side and willing become slaves of sin once again.The best thing to do when tempted is to immediately seek God's advice. "
21 Deena E = "Lust gives birth to sin and when sin is completely grown, it brings forth death. The term thanatos (death) has its roots in the word thnēskō which means physical and spiritual death. James was warning the messianic believers of the permanent consequences of a desire that gets carried away. It all starts with a thought."
22 angela h = "James is reminding us again that God doesn't tempt. God only gives us good gifts never wicked gifts. God never changes. God never switches directions or sides. He is not a double agent. See Malachi 3:6"
23 angela h = "James is reminding us again that God doesn't tempt. God only gives us good gifts never wicked gifts. God never changes. God never switches directions or sides. He is not a double agent. See Malachi 3:6"
24 angela h = "God made us because He wanted us. He made us with Jesus. See John 1:1-3"
25 angela h = "We have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason... we should listen twice as much as we speak. Many times we jump to conclusions when we hear things that are not particularly pleasing to us. We take everything as a personal jab. Then we become angry and say hurtful things that cannot be taken back. "
26 angela h = "When we are angry we tend to sin. We say hurtful things to others. Some may use profanity. Others may lie to get their way. All of these are sin and not of God. When we get angry we should pray, pray, pray before we confront the offender. Many times if we are slow to speak, we will find that we can solve problems without fanning the flame."
27 angela h = "Because wrath of man does no good, we should empty ourselves of all uncleanness and replace it with the Word of God, which is Jesus, (see John 1:1-3,14) who saves our souls. (John 14:6)"
28 angela h = "James calls us to put our faith into action. It is not enough to talk of righteousness, patience, kindness, love, etc. we must demonstrate it in our everyday lives. No, it doesn't come natural. We first want to serve ourselves, but we must overcome that urge with the Holy Spirit of God that resides inside believers. Jesus says we must be servants/ministers. (Matthew 23:10-12)If we let scripture, preaching, etc. "go in one ear and out the other" then we will not know what we should be doing. We will say we are Christians but we will have no actual proof. On the other hand, if we hear the word of God and then apply it to our lives, God will bless us in our walk."
29 angela h = "Many people look "religious", but here James is clear...if one cannot control his mouth (gossip, fuss, complain, lie, etc.) then his religion is just for show. He has no real relationship with the God."
30 Deena E = "The term religious here is synonymous with disciplined, especially referring to a disciplined life of worship. Remember Jesus said that it's what comes out of the mouth (which is rooted in the heart) that defiles a man--see Matthew 15:18. In essence, James is saying that a "religious" person who is not careful with their words are only lying to themselves and their "disciplined life of worship" is utterly useless. (OUCH!!!)"
31 Enakshi Ganguly = ""When men take more pains to seem religious than really to be so, it is a sign their religion is in vain. The not bridling the tongue, readiness to speak of the faults of others, or to lessen their wisdom and piety, are signs of a vain religion. The man who has a slandering tongue, cannot have a truly humble, gracious heart. False religious may be known by their impurity and uncharitableness. True religion teaches us to do every thing as in the presence of God. An unspotted life must go with unfeigned love and charity. Our true religion is equal to the measure in which these things have place in our hearts and conduct. And let us remember, that nothing avails in Christ Jesus, but faith that worketh by love, purifies the heart, subdues carnal lusts, and obeys God's commands."Source: http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=59&c=1"
32 angela h = "To be clean before God we should take care of those who are having a hard time. We should not be so consumed by worldly things."
33 Cary W = "If we are set aright in heart toward God, love from our heart will naturally flow out into the service of those in our lives, especially the infirm or elderly.  Keeping our hearts free from the degradation of the world becomes our daily repentance, continually having our hearts and minds searched by the Spirit and made set right."