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1 Iames the seruaunte of God and of the Lorde Iesus Christ sendeth gretyng to the twelue trybes whiche are scattered here and there.
2 My brethren, count it excedyng ioye when ye fal into dyuers temptacyons,
3 for as muche as ye knowe howe that the triynge of youre fayth bryngeth pacience:
4 and let pacyence haue her perfect worke, that ye maye be perfecte and sounde, lackynge nothynge.
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.
6 But let hym axe it in faith and wauer not. For he that doubteth is lyke şe waues of the sea, toste of the wyndes & caried wyth vyolence.
7 Neyther let that man thynke that he shal receyue any thynge of the Lorde.
8 A waueryng mynded man is vnstable in all hys wayes.
9 Let the brother of low degre reioyce in that he is exalted,
10 and the ryche in that he is made lowe. For euen as the flower of the grasse, shal he vanysh away.
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.
12 Happy is the man that endureth in temptacyon, for when he is tryed, he shal receyue şe croune of lyfe, which the Lorde hath promised to them that loue hym.
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:
14 But euerye man is tempted, drawne awaye, & entysed of hys owne concupiscence.
15 Then when luste hath conceyued, she bringeth forth sinne, & sinne when it is fynyshed bryngeth forthe death.
16 Erre not my deare brethren.
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.
18 Of hys owne wyll begat he vs wyth the worde of lyfe, that we shoulde be the fyrste frutes of hys creatures.
19 Wherfore deare brethren, let euerye man be swyfte to heare, slowe to speake, and slow to wrath.
20 For the wrath of man worketh not that whiche is ryghtuous before God.
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.
22 And se that ye be doars of the worde & not hearers onely, deceyuyng your owne selues wyth sophystrye.
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.
24 For assone as he hath loked on hym selfe, he goeth hys waye, and forgetteth immediatly what hys fashyon was.
25 But who so loketh in şe perfecte lawe of lybertye, and contynueth therin (yf he be not a forgetfull hearer, but a doar of şe worke) the same shall be happye in hys dede.
26 Yf anye man amonge you seme deuoute, & refrayne not his tonge, but deceyue his owne hert: thys mannes deuocyon is in vayne.
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.




1 Brethren haue not the faythe of oure Lorde Iesus Christe the Lorde of glorye in respect of persons.
2 If there come into your company a man wyth a golden ring and in goodly apparell, and there come in also a pore man in vyle raymente,
3 and ye haue a respecte to hym that weareth the gaye clothynge, and saye vnto hym. Sitte thou here in a good place: and saye vnto the pore, stande thou there, or sitte here vnder my fotestole:
4 are ye not parcyall in your selues, and haue iudged after euyll thoughtes?
5 Harken my deare beloued brethren. Hath not God chosen the pore of thys world, which are ryche in faythe, and heyres of the kyngedome whiche he promysed to them that loue hym?
6 But ye haue despysed the pore. Are not the ryche they whiche oppresse you: and they which drawe you before iudges?
7 Do not they speake euyll of the good name after whiche ye be named?
8 Yf ye fulfyll the royall lawe accordynge to the scripture whiche sayeth. Thou shalte loue thyne neyghboure as thy self, ye do wel.
9 But yf ye regarde one personne more then another, ye commytte sinne, and are rebuked of the lawe as transgressours.
10 Whosoeuer shall kepe the whole lawe, and yet fayle in one point he is gyltye in all.
11 For he that sayde: Thou shalte not committe adultery, sayed also, thou shalte not kyll. Thoughe thou do none adulterye: yet yf thou kyll, thou arte a transgresser of the lawe.
12 So speake ye, and so do, as they şt shalbe iudged by the lawe of lybertye.
13 For there shalbe iudgemente mercyles to hym, şt sheweth no mercy, & mercy reioyseth against iudgemente.
14 What auayleth it my brethren, thoughe a man saye he hath faythe, when he hath no deedes? Can fayth saue hym?
15 If a brother or a sister be naked or destitute of dayly fode,
16 and one of you saye vnto them: Departe in peace, God sende you warmnes and fode: not wyth standynge ye geue them not those thynges which are nedefull to the bodye: what helpeth it them?
17 Euen so faythe, yf it haue no dedes is dead in it selfe.
18 Yea and a man myghte saye: Thou haste faythe, and I haue dedes: Shewe me thy faith by thy dedes, and I wyll shew the my faythe by my dedes.
19 Beleuest thou that there is one God? Thou doest well. The deuyls also beleue and tremble.
20 Wylt thou vnderstande (O thou vayne man) that fayth without dedes is dead?
21 Was not Abraham oure father iustifyed thorowe workes when he offered Isaac hys sonne vpon the aultare?
22 Thou seyste howe that faythe wroughte wyth hys dedes, & through the dedes was faythe made perfecte:
23 and the scrypture was fulfylled whiche sayeth: Abraham beleued God, and it was reputed vnto hym for ryghtuousnes: and he was called the frende of God.
24 Ye se then how şt of dedes a man is iustifyed, and not of fayth onely.
25 Lykewyse also was not Raab the harlot iustifyed thorowe workes, when she receyued the messengers, and sente them out another way?
26 For as the bodye, without the spyryte is dead euen so fayth wythout dedes is dead.




1 My brethren be not euery man a mayster, remembrynge howe that we shal receyue the more damnacyon:
2 for in many thinges we synne all. Yf a man synne not in worde, the same is a perfect man and able to tame al the bodye.
3 Beholde we put bittes into the horsses mouthes that they shoulde obeye vs, and we turne aboute all the body.
4 Behold also the shyppes, which though they be so greate and are dryuen of fyers wyndes, yet are they turned aboute wyth a verye smale helme, whether soeuer the vyolence of the gouerner wyll
5 euen so the tonge is a lyttell member, and boasteth greate thinges. Beholde howe greate a thynge a lyttell fyre kyndleth,
6 and the tonge is fyre, and a worlde of wickednes. So is the tong set among our members, that it defyleth the whole body and setteth a fyre all that we haue of nature, & is it selfe set a fyre euen of hell.
7 All the natures of beastes, and of byrdes, and of serpentes, and thynges of the sea, are meked and tamed of the nature of man.
8 But the tonge can no man tame. It is an vnrulye euyll ful of deadly poyson.
9 Therewyth blesse we God the father, and therewyth cursse wemen which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of one mouth proceadeth blessynge and curssynge. My brethren these thynges ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountayne sende forth at one place swete water & bitter also?
12 Can the fygge tree, my Brethren, beare olyue beryes: other a vyne beare fygges?
13 So can no fountayne geue both salte water & freshe also. If any man be wyse and endued wyth learnynge amonge you, let hym shewe the workes of hys good conuersacyon in mekenes that is coupled with wysdome.
14 But, yf ye haue bitter enuyinge and strife in youre hertes, reioyce not: neyther be lyars agaynste the trueth.
15 Thys wysedome descendeth not from aboue: but is earthye, & naturall, and deuelyshe:
16 For where enuiynge and stryfe is there is vnstablenes and all maner of euyll workes.
17 But the wysedome that is from aboue, is fyrste pure, then peasable, gentle, and easye to be entreated, full of mercye & good frutes, wythoute iudgynge, and wythout simulacyon:
18 yea, & the frute of ryghtuousnes is sowen in peace, of them that maintayne peace.




1 From whence commeth warre & fyghtynge amonge you: come they not hear hence? euen of your voluptuousnes, that rayne in youre membres.
2 Ye luste & haue not. Ye enuye and haue dignacyon, and cannot obtayne. Ye fyght and war and haue not, because ye axe not.
3 Ye axe and receyue not, because ye axe a mysse: euen to consume it vpon youre voluptuousnes
4 Ye aduouterers, & women that breake matrimonye: knowe ye not, how that the frendeshyppe of the worlde is enmitie to God warde? Who so euer wyl be a frende of the worlde, is made the enemy of God.
5 Eyther do ye thynke that the scrypture sayeth in vayne. The spyryte that dwelleth in you lusteth euen contrarye to enuye:
6 but geueth more grace.
7 Submytte your selues to God, and resiste the deuyl, and he wyll flye from you.
8 Drawe nye to God, and he wyll drawe nye to you. Clense youre handes ye synners, and purge youre hertes ye wauerynge mynded.
9 Suffer afflictyons: sorowe ye and wepe. Let youre laughter be turned to mornynge and youre ioye to heauynes.
10 Cast doune your selues before the Lorde, and he shal lyfte you vp.
11 Back byte not one another, brethren. He that backbyteth hys brother, and he that iudgeth hys brother, backbyteth the lawe, and iudgeth the lawe. But and yf thou iudge the law, thou art not an obseruer of the law, but a iudge.
12 There is one law geuer, which is able to saue & to destroy. What arte thou that iudgest another man?
13 Go to nowe ye that saye: to daye, and to morowe let vs go into suche a cytye and contynue there a yeare and bye and sel, and wynne:
14 and yet can not tell what shall happen to morowe. For what thynge is youre lyfe? It is euen a vapoure that appeareth for a lyttel tyme, and then vanysheth awaye:
15 For that ye oughte to saye: yf the Lorde wyll and yf we lyue, let vs do thys or that.
16 But nowe ye reioyce in youre bostynges. All suche reioysing is euyl.
17 Therfor to hym that knoweth how to do good, and doeth it not to him it is sinne.




1 Go to nowe ye ryche men. Weepe, and howle on your wretchednes şt shal come vpon you.
2 Youre ryches is corrupte youre garmentes are motheaten.
3 Your gold and your siluer are cankered, & the ruste of them shal be a witnes vnto you, and shall eate your fleshe, as it were fyre. Ye haue heaped treasure together in your laste dayes:
4 Beholde the hyre of the labourers which haue reped doun your fieldes (which hyer is of you kept backe by fraude) crieth: & the cryes of them whiche haue reped, are entred into the eares of the Lorde Sabaoth
5 Ye haue lyued in pleasure on the earth, & in wantonnes. Ye haue norished your hertes, as in a day of slaughter
6 Ye haue condempned, & haue kylled the iuste, & he hath not resisted you.
7 Be ye pacyente therfore brethren, vnto the commynge of the Lord. Behold the husbande man wayghteth for the precious frute of the earth & hath long pacience therevpon, vntyll he receyue (the early and the latter rayne.)
8 Be ye also pacyent therfor, and setle your hertes, for the commynge of the Lorde draweth nye.
9 Grudge not one agaynst another brethren lest ye be damned. Beholde the iudge standeth before the dore.
10 Take (my brethren) the Prophetes for an ensample of sufferyng aduersitye, & of longe pacience, whiche spake in the name of the Lorde.
11 Beholde we count them happye whiche endure. Ye haue hearde of the pacience of Iob, & haue knowen what ende the Lorde made. For the Lorde is verye pytyfull and mercyfull.
12 But about al thinges my brethren, sweare not, neyther by heauen, neyther by earth, neyther by anye other othe. Let your yea be yea and youre naye, naye: leaste ye falle into hypocrysye.
13 Yf any of you be euyll vexed, let hym praye. Yf anye of you be merye, let hym singe Psalmes.
14 Yf anye be deseased amonge you, let hym call for the elders of the congregacyon, and let them praye ouer him, and annoynte hym wyt oyle in the name of şe Lord
15 and the prayer of fayth shall saue şe sicke, & the Lorde shall rayse hym vp: and yf he haue commytted synnes, they shalbe forgeuen him.
16 Knoweledge youre fautes one to another; and praye one for another, that ye maye be healed. The prayer of a ryghtuous man auayleth muche yf it be feruente.
17 Helias was a man mortall, euen as we are, and he prayed in hys prayer, that it might not rayne: and it rayned not on the earth by the space of thre yeares & sixe monethes.
18 And he prayed againe, and the heauen gaue rayne, and the earthe broughte forth her frute.
19 Brethren yf anye of you erre from şe trueth and an other conuerte hym,
20 let the same know that he which conuerted the synner from goyng astraye out of hys waye, shall saue a soule from death, and shall hyde the multytude of synnes.