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52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.
- Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
- knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
- And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
- But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
- For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,
- being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
- But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;
- and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.
- For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
- Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
- Let no one say when he is tempted, " I am being tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
- But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
- Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
- Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
- Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
- In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
- This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
- for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
- Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
- But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
- For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
- for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
- But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
- If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
- Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. 2
- My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.
- For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,
- and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,'
- have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?
- Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
- But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?
- Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
- If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, " YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,' you are doing well.
- But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
- For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
- For He who said, " DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,' also said, " DO NOT COMMIT MURDER.' Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
- So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
- For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
- What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
- If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
- and one of you says to them, " Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,' and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
- Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
- But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.'
- You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
- But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
- Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?
- You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;
- and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, " AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,' and he was called the friend of God.
- You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
- In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
- For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. 3
Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.
- Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.
- For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.
- Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.
- Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.
- So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
- And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.
- For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.
- But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
- With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;
- from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
- Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?
- Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
- Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
- But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.
- This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.
- For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
- But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
- And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. 4
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