Friday, July 26, 2013

A Translation of James

Translation of James

James 1

1.1Jacob/James, God’s and the Lord Jesus Christ’s slave
To the twelve tribes, the ones in the Diaspora


2Consider [it] total happiness, my brothers, whenever you stumble upon different kinds of testings, 3because you know that the testing-designed-to-prove-the-authenticity*** of your faith produces endurance. 4And the endurance had better have its complete work, so that you can be complete and whole, lacking in nothing. 5But if one of you lacks wisdom, he had better ask from the God Who gives to all generously and Who doesn’t mock, and it will be given to him. 6But he had better ask in faith, doubting nothing, because the person who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is blown and thrown around. 7Indeed, that human had better not expect that he will get anything from the Lord, 8a man doubting and unstable in all his ways.

9And the lowly brother had better brag about his high position. 10And the rich one in his lowly position, because like a flower of grass he passes away. 11For the sun rises with the heat and dries up the grass and its flower falls off and the beauty of its face is destroyed, so too the rich [brother] fades during his travels.

12Blessed is the man who endures testing, because after he has become proven-authentic-by-testing he will receive the crown of life, which He promised to those who love Him! 13No one who is being tested had better say that “by God I’m being tempted!” because God is untemptable by evil things, and He tempts no one. 14Rather each person is tempted by their own desire, being dragged away and lured. 15Then the desire gives having conceived gives birth to sin, and the sin when brought to completion gives birth to death.

16Don’t be tricked, my loved brothers! 17every good giving and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights, concerning Whom there is no variation or shadow of change. 18Because He decided to , He gave birth to us by the message of truth, so that we would be a firstfruits, one of His created things.

19Know [this] my loved brothers, and every man had better be fast when it comes to listening, slow when it comes to speaking, slow when it comes to anger, 20because anger from a man does not accomplish God’s righteousness. 21So, because you’ve put off all dirtiness and an abundance of badness in humility, take the implanted message, the one able to save your lives!

22And become doers of the message and not only hearers, thereby deceiving yourselves, 23because if some is a hearer of the message and not a doer, this person is like a man who studies the face of his existence in a mirror, 24because he studies himself and goes out and immediately forgets what he’s like. 25But the person who looks into the perfect law, the one of freedom and who continues, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but an action taker—this one will be blessed in his doing. 26If someone seems to be worshipful who doesn’t bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, the worship of this guy is empty. 27Wworship that is clean and undefiled before the God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their suffering, to keep oneself untainted by the world.

James 2

2.1My brothers, don’t hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partialities/favoritisms***. 2For if a man wearing gold rings would come into your synagogue in white clothes, but also a poor man would come in filthy clothes, 3And you would look on the one wearing the white clothes and would say, “You, sit here in a good spot” and to the poor man you would say “You stand or sit there under my footrest.” 4Then aren’t you discriminating among yourselves and haven’t you become judges of with wicked reasonings? 5Listen up, my loved brothers, didn’t God pick for Himself the poor in/with regard to the world as rich in faith and inheritors of the kingdom, which He promised to those who love Him? 6But you yourselves dishonor the poor! Aren’t the rich people exploiting you and are they themselves taking/drawing*** you into court? 8If indeed you fulfill a royal law according to the Scripture: “You will love your neighbor as yourself,” you act in a good way. 9But if you play favorites/discriminate***, you commit sin, being exposed by the Law as violators, 10because whoever would keep the whole law, but would trip up on one part, he is in a state of having become liable*** for all of it! 11For the one who says, “You will not commit adultery” also said “You will not murder.” And if you don’t commit adultery, but you do murder, you are in the state of having become a violator of the Law. 12So speak in this way and act in this way: as those who are about to be judged through the law of freedom! 13For the judgment was merciless against the one not showing mercy! Mercy triumphs over judgment***!

14What is the benefit/what good does it do, my brothers, if someone would say he had faith, but wouldn’t have actions? That kind of faith can’t save him, can it? 15If a brother or sister really were naked and in need of their daily food, 16but anyone of you would say to them, “Go peace, warm yourselves up and feed yourselves until you’re full,” but you all wouldn’t give them the things the body needs, what good is it? 17So too the faith, if he wouldn’t have actions, is dead by definition.
18Butwill someone say, “You have faith, and I have actions”? Prove to me your faith without actions, and I will prove to you the faith from my actions! 19You believe that God is One, good job, even the demons believe [that] and so they shake in fear***! 20But do you want to know, o empty man, that the faith without actions is useless/inactive/doesn’t work! 21Wasn’t Abraham our father proved righteous by actions by offering up Isaac his son on the altar? 22You see that the faith acts together with his actions and by the actions the faith was made complete. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says “And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness and he was called God’s friend. 24See that by actions a man proved righteous and by faith alone! 25But also in the same way wasn’t Rahab the prostitute by actions proved righteous by welcoming the messenger as guests and sending them out on another road? 26For just as the body without a spirit is dead, so too the faith without actions is dead!

James 3

3.1Many of you, don’t become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we will get a greater judgment. 2For absolutely all of us trip up in many things. If some doesn’t trip up in speech, this is a perfect man, who is able to bridle/control also his whole body. 3But if we throw the bridle of the horses into their mouths so that they would obey us, then we direct their whole body. 4Look, also boats which are so great and driven by harsh winds are directed by a very small steering paddle, wherever the desire of the one who is guiding plans. 5So too, the tongue is a small part and boasts great things. Look, how big a fire burns such a great forest! 6And the tongue is fire! The world of unrighteousness! The tongue puts itself in charge among our body parts. The thing that stains the whole body and sets on fire the wheel of life and is being set on fire by Hell! 7For every species of both wild animals and birds, both reptiles and sea creatures is being tamed and is in a state of being tamed by human species, 8but the tongue no one among men is able to tame, an unstable/chaotic evil, full of deadly poison. 9With this [body part] we bless the Lord and Father and in this [body part] we curse humans, the ones coming to exist according to the likeness of God! 10From the same mouth a blessing and a curse comes out. It shouldn’t be that these things happen this way. 11The spring doesn’t gush bitter [water] and sweet [water] from the same hole, does it? 12My brothers, a fig tree can’t make olives or a grapevine figs, can they? Neither [can] a what is salty make sweet water.

13Is there someone wise and learned/experienced*** among you? He had better show his actions from his good lifestyle in the humility of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your heart, don’t boast and lie against the truth! 15This isn’t the wisdom from above that has come down, but earthly, unspiritual***, and demonic! Because wherever there is envy and selfishness, chaos and every base/wicked thing are there. 17And the wisdom that comes from above first of all is holy/pure, then peaceful, tolerantobedient, filled with mercy and good fruits, undiscriminating/nonjudgmental/impartial***, unhypocritical. 18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace to those who practice peace.

James 4

4.1Where to wars come from? And where do battlescome from among you? Isn’t from this? From your pleasures that wage war among your body parts? 2You desperately want, but you don’t have, you kill and envy and you can’t get [it/enough]***, you war and battle, you don’t have because you don’t ask. 3You ask and you don’t receive because you ask wickedly, so that you can blow your money on your pleasures! 4Adulteresses, don’t you know that the friendship of the world is hostile/an enemy of God? So whoever would want to be a friend of the world, is made [to be] an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that for no reason the Scripture says the Spirit Who lives in you desperately wants with jealousy, 6and gives greater grace? Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 7So, subordinate/submit to God, stand against the devil, and he will flee from you! 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you! Clean [your] hands, sinners, and make your hearts holy, doubters! 9Feel miserable and mourn and cry! Your laughter had better turn into mourning and your happiness into dejection/depression. 10Be humbled before the Lord and He will raise you up. 11Don’t talk down to one another, brothers. The person who speaks against a brother or judges his brother speaks against to the Law and judges the Law. But if you judge the Law, you’re not a doer of the Law, but a judge. 12There is One Lawgiver and Judge, the One Who can save and destroy, but who are you who judges the neighbor?

13Come on, now, those of you who say “Today or tomorrow we’ll go into such and such a city and we’ll work there for a year and make business deals and profit,” 14you who don’t know what kind of tomorrow your life will have, because you’re a vapor that***** appears for a little while, then also disappears. 15Instead of what you said, [say] “If the Lord would want, we’ll both live and do this or that.” 16But now you’re bragging with your arrogant-boasts! All of that kind of bragging is evil! 17So, for the person who knows to do what’s good and doesn’t do [it], it is sin for him!

James 5

5.1Come on now, you rich people, sob, crying out because of your miseries that are coming on! 2Your riches are in a state of decaying and your clothes are in a state of becoming eaten-by-moths! 3Your gold and silver has become tarnished and their corrosion will be a testimony against you! And it will eat your fleshes like fire! You did store up in the last days! 4Look, the paycheck of the workers who mow*** your fields, the person being robbed [or perhaps ‘waiting to get paid’] by you cries out, and the shouts of those who harvest are in a state of speaking into the ears of the Lord of Armies! 5You lived for pleasure*** on the earth and you lived it up, you fed your hearts on a day of slaughter, 6you found guilty, you murdered the righteous person, he didn’t position himself against you!

7So, be patient, brothers until the coming of the Lord! Look, the farmer waits for the precious fruit from the ground, while being patient for it until it would get the early and the late [rain]. 8And be patient yourselves! Strengthen your hearts, because the coming of the Lord is close. 9Brothers and sisters, don’t groan against one another, so that you won’t be judged. Look, the Judge is standing in front of the doors. 10Brothers, take the prophets as an the example of suffering-evil and patience, who spoke in the Name of the Lord. 11Look, we call blessed the people who endured. You’ve heard about the endurance of Job and you know what the Lord did in the end, because the Lord is caring and compassionate.

12But above all, my brothers, don’t swear oaths either to heaven or earth or any other oath. But your yes had better mean yes, and your no had better mean no, so that you don’t fall under judgment.

13Someone suffering evil among you, had better pray. Someone who’s happy had better sing praise songs! 14Someone who’s sick among you, had better summon the elders of the church and they had better pray over him, while smearing [him] with olive oil in the Name of the Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him—even if he would have done some sin, it will be forgiven him. 16So confess out loud your sins to one another and pray for another, so that you’d healed. A righteous person’s prayer is really strong, so it’s effective. 17Elijah was a man with the same nature as us, and in a prayer he prayed that it wouldn’t rain. And it didn’t rain on the land for three years and six months! 18And he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit!

19My brothers, if someone among you has been led astray from truth and someone turns him around, 20he had better know that the person who turns a sinner around from the deception of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a large number of sins!

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