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Geneva Bible (1599): James 1

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1 Iames a seruant of God, and of the Lord Iesus Christ, to the twelue Tribes, which are scattered abroade, salutation.

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2 My brethren, count it exceeding ioy, when ye fall into diuers tentations,

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3 Knowing that ye trying of your faith bringeth forth patience,

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4 And let patience haue her perfect worke, that ye may be perfect and entier, lacking nothing.

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5 If any of you lacke wisedome, let him aske of God, which giueth to all men liberally, and reprocheth no man, and it shalbe giuen him.

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6 But let him aske in faith, and wauer not: for hee that wauereth, is like a waue of the sea, tost of the winde, and caried away.

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7 Neither let that man thinke that hee shall receiue any thing of the Lord.

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8 A double minded man is vnstable in all his waies.

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9 Let the brother of lowe degree reioyce in that he is exalted:

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10 Againe hee that is rich, in that hee is made lowe: for as the flower of the grasse, shall he vanish away.

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11 For as when the sunne riseth with heate, then the grasse withereth, and his flower falleth away, and the goodly shape of it perisheth: euen so shall the rich man wither away in all his waies.

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12 Blessed is ye man, that endureth tentation: for when he is tried, hee shall receiue the crowne of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that loue him.

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13 Let no man say when hee is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God can not bee tempted with euill, neither tempteth he any man.

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14 But euery man is tempted, when hee is drawen away by his owne concupiscence, and is entised.

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15 Then when lust hath conceiued, it bringeth foorth sinne, and sinne when it is finished, bringeth foorth death.

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16 Erre not, my deare brethren.

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17 Euery good giuing, and euery perfect gift is from aboue, and commeth downe from the Father of lights, with whome is no variablenes, neither shadow of turning.

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18 Of his owne will begate hee vs with the woorde of trueth, that we shoulde be as the first fruites of his creatures.

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19 Wherefore my deare brethren, let euery man be swift to heare, slowe to speake, and slowe to wrath.

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20 For the wrath of man doeth not accomplish the righteousnesse of God.

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21 Wherefore lay apart all filthinesse, and superfluitie of maliciousnesse, and receiue with meekenes the word that is graffed in you, which is able to saue your soules.

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22 And be ye doers of the word, and not hearers onely, deceiuing your owne selues.

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23 For if any heare the woorde, and doe it not, he is like vnto a man, that beholdeth his naturall face in a glasse.

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24 For when he hath considered himselfe, hee goeth his way, and forgetteth immediately what maner of one he was.

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25 But who so looketh in the perfect Lawe of libertie, and continueth therein, hee not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the woorke, shalbe blessed in his deede.

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26 If any man amog you seeme religious, and refraineth not his tongue, but deceiueth his owne heart, this mans religion is vaine.

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27 Pure religion and vndefiled before God, euen the Father, is this, to visite the fatherlesse, and widdowes in their aduersitie, and to keepe himselfe vnspotted of the world.

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