We are to rejoice under the cross,
James 1:1 Iames the seruaunte of God and of the Lorde Iesus Christ sendeth gretyng to the twelue trybes whiche are scattered here and there. James 1:2 My brethren, count it excedyng ioye when ye fal into dyuers temptacyons, James 1:3 for as muche as ye knowe howe that the triynge of youre fayth bryngeth pacience: James 1:4 and let pacyence haue her perfect worke, that ye maye be perfecte and sounde, lackynge nothynge.
to ask patience of God,
James 1:5 Yf anye of you lacke wysedome, let hym axe of God whiche geueth to all men indyfferentlye, and casteth no man in the teath: and it shal be geuen hym. James 1:6 But let hym axe it in faith and wauer not. For he that doubteth is lyke þe waues of the sea, toste of the wyndes & caried wyth vyolence. James 1:7 Neyther let that man thynke that he shal receyue any thynge of the Lorde. James 1:8 A waueryng mynded man is vnstable in all hys wayes. James 1:9 Let the brother of low degre reioyce in that he is exalted, James 1:10 and the ryche in that he is made lowe. For euen as the flower of the grasse, shal he vanysh away. James 1:11 The sonne riseth with heat, and the grasse widereth, and hys flower falleth awaye, & the beautye of the fashyon of it perysheth: euen so shal the ryche man peryshe wyth hys aboundaunce. James 1:12 Happy is the man that endureth in temptacyon, for when he is tryed, he shal receyue þe croune of lyfe, which the Lorde hath promised to them that loue hym.
and in our trials not to impute our weakness, or sins, unto him,
James 1:13 Let no man saye when he is tempted, that he is tempted of God. For god tempteth not vnto euyl, neyther tempteth he any man: James 1:14 But euerye man is tempted, drawne awaye, & entysed of hys owne concupiscence. James 1:15 Then when luste hath conceyued, she bringeth forth sinne, & sinne when it is fynyshed bryngeth forthe death. James 1:16 Erre not my deare brethren. James 1:17 Euery good gyfte, and euerye perfecte gyfte, is from aboue and commeth doune from the father of lyght wyth whome is no varyablenes, neyther is he chaunged vnto darkenes. James 1:18 Of hys owne wyll begat he vs wyth the worde of lyfe, that we shoulde be the fyrste frutes of hys creatures.
but rather to hearken to the Word, to meditate in it, and to do thereafter:
James 1:19 Wherfore deare brethren, let euerye man be swyfte to heare, slowe to speake, and slow to wrath. James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not that whiche is ryghtuous before God. James 1:21 Wherfore laye a parte all fylthynes, all superfluytye of malycyousnes, and receyue wyth mekenes the worde that is grafted in you, whiche is able to saue your soules. James 1:22 And se that ye be doars of the worde & not hearers onely, deceyuyng your owne selues wyth sophystrye. James 1:23 For yf any heare the word, and do it not, he is lyke vnto a man that beholdeth his bodly face in a glasse. James 1:24 For assone as he hath loked on hym selfe, he goeth hys waye, and forgetteth immediatly what hys fashyon was. James 1:25 But who so loketh in þe perfecte lawe of lybertye, and contynueth therin (yf he be not a forgetfull hearer, but a doar of þe worke) the same shall be happye in hys dede.
otherwise men may seem, but never be truly religious.
James 1:26 Yf anye man amonge you seme deuoute, & refrayne not his tonge, but deceyue his owne hert: thys mannes deuocyon is in vayne. James 1:27 Pure deuocyon and vndefyled before God the father is thys: to visite the fatherlesse and wyddowes in theyr aduersitye, and to kepe hym selfe vnspotted of the worlde.