James, The Letter of

James, The Letter of

The first of the “Catholic” or “General” Letters in the NT. Attributed to James, the brother of Jesus who led the early church in Jerusalem, the letter has many affinities with Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount and seems to have been written for Jewish Christians in or near Palestine. Its focus is on Christian conduct, which includes concern for social justice.

Outline of Contents

James

I. Epistolary introduction (Jas 1:1)

II. Introduction of major themes (Jas 1:2-27)

A. Enduring trials (Jas 1:2-4, Jas 1:12-15)

B. Prayer and divine wisdom (Jas 1:5-8)

C. Rich and poor (Jas 1:9-11)

D. Wisdom from above (Jas 1:16-18)

E. The use of the tongue (Jas 1:19-21)

F. Doers of the word (Jas 1:22-27)

III. Development of major themes (Jas 2:1-5:20)

A. Rich and poor in the assembly (Jas 2:1-13)

B. Doers of the word (Jas 2:14-26)

C. The use of the tongue (Jas 3:1-12)

D. Prayer and divine wisdom (Jas 3:13-4:1)

E. Doers of the law and judging one’s brother (Jas 4:11-12)

F. Rich and poor and the pursuit of wealth (Jas 4:13-5:6)

G. Endurance of trials (Jas 5:7-11)

H. On swearing (Jas 5:12)

I. Prayer and faith (Jas 5:13-18)

J. The recovery of a brother (Jas 5:19-20)

Jas 1:1

Salutation
1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings.

Jas 1:2-27

Faith and Wisdom
2My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy,3because you know that the testing of your faith pr ... View more

Jas 1:2-4

Faith and Wisdom
2My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy,3because you know that the testing of your faith pr ... View more

Jas 1:12-15

Trial and Temptation
12Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to ... View more

Jas 1:5-8

5If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.6But ask in faith, never doubting, for the ... View more

Jas 1:9-11

Poverty and Riches
9Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up,10and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in ... View more

Jas 1:16-18

16Do not be deceived, my beloved.17Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there ... View more

Jas 1:19-21

Hearing and Doing the Word
19You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;20for your anger does not produ ... View more

Jas 1:22-27

22But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.23For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at th ... View more

Jas 2:1-5:20

Warning against Partiality
1My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?2For if a person with ... View more

Jas 2:1-13

Warning against Partiality
1My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?2For if a person with ... View more

Jas 2:14-26

Faith without Works Is Dead
14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?15If a brother or si ... View more

Jas 3:1-12

Taming the Tongue
1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.2For a ... View more

Jas 3:13-4:1

Two Kinds of Wisdom
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.14But if you have ... View more

Jas 4:11-12

Warning against Judging Another
11Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evi ... View more

Jas 4:13-5:6

Boasting about Tomorrow
13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” ... View more

Jas 5:7-11

Patience in Suffering
7Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with i ... View more

Jas 5:12

12Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fal ... View more

Jas 5:13-18

The Prayer of Faith
13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.14Are any among you sick? They should ca ... View more

Jas 5:19-20

19My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another,20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wa ... View more

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