Modern Literal Version

[James 1]

     1:1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus the Christ, to the twelve tribes those in the dispersion. Hail to you*!

     1:2 My brethren, deem it with all joy, whenever you* fall into various temptations, 1:3 knowing that the testing of your* faith is working endurance. 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect work, that* you* may be perfect and whole, lacking* in nothing.

     1:5 But if anyone of you* lacks* wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and does not reproach any, and it will be given to him. 1:6 But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For* he who is doubting resembles a wave of the sea blown by the wind and tossed around. 1:7 For* do not let that man assume that he will receive anything from the Lord– 1:8 an indecisive man is restless in all his ways.

     1:9 Now let the humble brother boast in his elevation, 1:10 but the rich brother in his humbleness, because like the flower of the grass, he will pass away. 1:11 For* the sun has risen with the scorching heat and dried up the grass and its flower falls and the beauty of its face perished. So shall the rich man also fade away in his pursuits.

     1:12 The man who is enduring temptation is fortunate, because when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love* him. 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God, for* God is not tempted by evils and he himself tempts no one. 1:14 But each person is tempted, when he is drawn-away and enticed by his own lust. 1:15 Thereafter when this lust has conceived, it bears sin and sin when it has matured, gives-birth to death. 1:16 Do not be misled, my beloved brethren!

     1:17 Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor a shadow of turning. 1:18 Having willed it, he gave-birth to us by the word of truth, *that* we might be a kind of first-fruits of his created things.

     1:19 So-then my beloved brethren, let every man be quick in order to hear, slow in order to speak, and slow to wrath. 1:20 For* the wrath of man is not working the righteousness of God. 1:21 Hence having laid away from yourselves all filthiness and the abundance of malice, accept the implanted word with meekness, which is able to save your* souls.

     1:22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. 1:23 Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he resembles a man considering his face (which was his from birth) in a mirror. 1:24 For* he has considered himself and has gone away and immediately forgot what sort of man he was. 1:25 But he who has peered into the perfect law, the law of freedom and remains in it, this one, having not become a forgetful hearer but a doer who works, this one will be fortunate {F} in his practices.

     1:26 If anyone among you* thinks himself to be religious, though he does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this one's religion is futile. 1:27 A clean and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to {F} visit {F} the orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.


    {Footnotes: James 1:26- Or: actions, doings. James 1:27a- Many try to use the other meaning of this Greek word: oversee; James 1:27b Or: the fatherless. See the History Section in the Appendix. Please read the Preface. * is our universal footnoting for words contained in the Appendix. These words are NOT the same Greek word as the non-asterisk form; i.e. *for is different from for* is different from for.}


[James 2]


     2:1 My brethren, do not have the faith of our Lord Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2:2 For* if a man comes into your* congregation* with a gold ring, in bright apparel and if a poor man in filthy apparel also comes in, 2:3 you* may have looked upon him who is wearing the bright apparel and may have said to him, You sit here; good; and you* may have said to the poor person, You stand there or sit here under my footstool. 2:4 And did you* not discern among yourselves and become judges with evil reasonings?

     2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren. Did God not choose the poor of the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to those who love* him? 2:6 But you* have dishonored the poor. Are the rich not oppressing you*? And are they not dragging you* into the courts? 2:7 Are they not blaspheming the good name, the one which was named upon you*? 2:8 Nevertheless, if you* accomplish the royal law, according to the Scripture, 'You will love* your neighbor like yourself,' you* are doing well. {Lev. 19:18} 2:9 But if you* have shown-partiality, you* work sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

     2:10 For* whoever keeps the whole law and yet trips in one point, he has become liable to all of it. 2:11 For* he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. {Ex. 20:13-14, Deut. 5:17-18} Now if you do not commit adultery, but murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 2:12 You* speak so and you* practice so, as men who are about to be judged by the law of freedom. 2:13 For* judgment is merciless to him who has not practiced mercy; mercy wins over judgment.


     2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? That faith cannot save him, can it? 2:15 But if a brother or sister is* naked and may have a lack* of daily nourishment, 2:16 and one out of you* may say to them, Go in peace. Be warmed and fed. And yet you* do not give them the body's requirements; what does it profit? 2:17 So also your faith, if it does not have works, is dead in itself.

    2:18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith away from your works. I will also show you my faith by my works. 2:19 You believe that God is one; you are doing well. The demons also believe and shudder. 2:20 But are you willing to know, O vain man, that faith is dead without works?

    2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified from works, when he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 You see that faith was working together with his works and faith is perfected from works; 2:23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'And Abraham believed God and it was counted to him *for righteousness', and he was called the friend of God. {Gen 15:6} 2:24 Now-then, you* see that a man is justified from works and not from faith alone. 2:25 And likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified from works, in that she accepted the messengers and sent them out another way? 2:26 For* as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.


[James 3]


     3:1 My brethren, do not let many of you* become teachers, knowing that we will receive greater judgment. 3:2 For*we all trip in many things. If anyone does not trip in speech, this one is a perfect man, also able to bridle the whole body. 3:3 Behold we put the horses' bridles into their mouths that they may obey us, and we direct their whole body. 3:4 Behold also the ships, though they are so-great and are driven by hard winds, yet they are directed by a small rudder, wherever the impulse of the steersman is intending.

    3:5 So the tongue is also a little member and boosts of magnificent things. Behold, how-vast a forest is lit by such a little fire! 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Thus the tongue is designated among our members as what stains the whole body and ignites the cycle of {F} life and is ignited by hell. 3:7 For* every nature of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea-creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by human nature. 3:8 But none of mankind is able to tame the tongue; it is an uncontrollable evil, it is full of deadly poison. 3:9 We thank God and the Father with it and we curse men with it, those who became according to the likeness of God. 3:10 Thanks and cursing comes out from the same mouth. My brethren, these things do not need to become so! 3:11 The spring is not gushing sweet and bitter water from the same hole in the ground, is it? 3:12 My brethren, a fig tree is not able to produce olives or a vine figs, are they? Thus no spring is able to produce both salty and sweet water.


     3:13 Who is wise and knowledgeable among you*? Let him show out of his good conduct his works in meekness of wisdom. 3:14 But if you* have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your* heart, do not boast and lie against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom is not a wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, physical, demonic. 3:16 For* where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is unrest and every evil matter. 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, thereafter is peaceful, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and without hypocrisy. 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who are making* peace.


    {Footnotes: James 3:6- Literally: birth or origin or generations. }


[James 4]

     4:1 From where do the wars and quarrels among you* come from? Is it not from here, from your* own sensual-delights which are warring in your* members? 4:2 You* lust and do not have; you* murder and are jealous and cannot obtain; you* quarrel and make war; you* do not have, because you* do not ask. 4:3 You* ask and do not receive, because you* ask evilly, that* you* may spend it in your* sensual-delights.

     4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses, do you* not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wills to be a friend of the world is standing as an enemy of God. 4:5 Or are you* thinking that the Scripture speaks with emptiness? Does the Spirit which dwells in us long to envy? 4:6 But he is giving more grace. Hence the Scripture says, 'God resists the haughty, but gives grace to the humble.' {Prov 3:34}

     4:7 Therefore be subject to God and withstand the Devil and he will flee from you*. 4:8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you*. You* sinners! You* indecisive! Cleanse your* hands and purify your* hearts! 4:9 Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your* laughter be turned to mourning and your* joy to gloom. 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will exalt you*.


     4:11 Brethren do not speak against one another. He who is speaking against a brother and is judging his brother, is speaking against the law and is judging the law. Now if you are judging the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge. 4:12 There is the one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; who are you who judges another?


     4:13 Come now, you* who are saying, Today and tomorrow, we should go into this city and spend one year there and be a merchant and make* a gain. 4:14 You* do not know what tomorrow will bring, for* what is your* life? For* it is a vapor, which appears for a little while and thereafter disappears. 4:15 Instead of that, you* should say, If the Lord wills, and we should also live, then we may do this or that. 4:16 But now you* boast in your* egotism. All such boasting is evil. 4:17 Therefore knowing to do good and not doing it, to him, it is sin.


[James 5]


     5:1 Come now you* rich, weep, howling in your* miseries, which are coming upon you*. 5:2 Your* riches have rotted and your* garments have become moth-eaten. 5:3 Your* gold and silver have tarnished, and their tarnish will be *for a testimony against you* and will eat your* flesh like fire. You* have stored up treasure in the last days. 5:4 Behold, the wages of the workers who mowed your* farmlands, these wages which have been defrauded by you*, are crying out against you* and the cries of those who reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Hosts. 5:5 You* have caroused upon the land and are self-indulgent; you* have nourished your* hearts as in a day of slaughter. 5:6 You* have sentenced others, you* have murdered the righteous; he is not resisting you*.


     5:7 Therefore brethren, be patient until the presence of the Lord. Behold, the farmer who is waiting for the precious fruit of the earth, is patient over it, until it might receive the morning and evening rain. 5:8 You* also be patient; establish your* hearts, because the presence of the Lord has drawn near. 5:9 Brethren, do not groan against one another, that* you* may not be judged. Behold, the judge stands before the doors.

     5:10 Brethren, take as an example of suffering evil treatment and of patience the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 5:11 Behold, we esteem those fortunate who are enduring. You* have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the end of the Lord, how that he is very affectionate and compassionate.


     5:12 But before all things my brethren, do not swear, neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath, but let your* yes be yes and your* no be no; that* you* may not fall into hypocrisy.


     5:13 Is anyone among you* suffering evil treatment? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing-praise. 5:14 Is anyone among you* sick? Let him call for the elders of the congregation*, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 5:15 And the prayer of the faith will save him who is weary and the Lord will lift him up, even if he has been practicing sins, it will be forgiven him.

     5:16 Therefore confess your* trespasses to one another and pray on behalf of one another, *that you* may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man prevails– great in its working. 5:17 Elijah was a man of like-feelings with us and he prayed with intense prayer that it might not rain, and it did not rain upon the land for three years and six months. 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the land sprouted her fruit.


     5:19 Brethren, if anyone among you* are misled from the truth and someone should return him to it; 5:20 let him know, that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and will hide a multitude of sins.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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