1 JAKUB, a servant of Aloha and of our Lord Jeshu Meshiha, unto the twelve tribes who are dispersed among the nations: Peace.
2 All joy shall be to you, my brethren, when you shall have entered into temptations many and various.
3 For you know that the proving of faith maketh you to possess patience;
4 but to patience let there be a perfect work, that you may be complete and perfected, and in nothing be deficient.
5 If any of you be deficient in wisdom, let him ask of Aloha, who giveth to all expansively, and upbraideth not, and it is given to him.
6 But let him ask in faith, not wavering. For he who wavereth is like the waves of the sea which the wind disturbeth.
7 And let not that man expect to receive any thing from the Lord,
8 who is divided in his mind, and disturbed in all his ways.
9 But let the humble brother glory in his exaltation,
10 and the rich in his humility; for as the flower of an herb, so he passeth.
11 For the sun ariseth in his heat, and drieth the herb, and the flower of it falleth, and the beauty of its appearance perisheth; so also the rich withereth in his reverses.
12 Blessed the man who endureth temptations: for when he hath been proved he shall receive the crown of life, which Aloha hath promised unto them who love him.
13 Let no man say, when he is tempted, From Aloha I am tempted; for Aloha is not tempted with evils, and he no man tempteth.
14 But each man from his concupiscence tempteth himself, and desireth, and is drawn away.
15 And this desire conceiveth and beareth sin; and sin, when it is perfected, beareth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren;
17 every good gift and perfect from above descendeth, from the Father of lights, with whom is no alteration, nor the shadow of vicissitude.
18 He willed, and begat us by the word of truth, that we might be the first-ones of his creatures.
19 And you, my beloved brethren, let every one of you be swift to hear, and slow to speak, and slow to be angry;
20 for the wrath of man the righteousness of Aloha worketh not.
21 Wherefore, remove from you all impurity and the abounding of wickedness, and with meekness receive the word which is engrafted in our nature, which is able to save your souls.
22 BUT be doers of the word, and not hearers only, neither deceive yourselves.
23 For if a man be a hearer of the word and not a doer of it, this (man) is like one who vieweth his face in a mirror;
24 for he seeth himself and passeth, and hath forgotten what (manner of person) he was.
25 But every one who looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he is not a hearer of the hearing of forgetfulness, but a doer of works; and this shall be blessed in his work.
26 And if a man thinketh that he serveth Aloha, and holdeth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, of this man his service is vain.
27 For the service which is pure and true before Aloha the Father, is this, to visit the orphans and widows in their afflictions, and that a man keep himself from the world without blemish.