James 1:16
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New International Version
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.

New Living Translation
So don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.

English Standard Version
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

Berean Study Bible
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

Berean Literal Bible
Do not be misled, my beloved brothers.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

King James Bible
Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.

International Standard Version
Do not be deceived, my dear brothers.

NET Bible
Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not go astray, my beloved brethren.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My dear brothers and sisters, don't be fooled.

New American Standard 1977
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not err, my beloved brethren.

King James 2000 Bible
Do not err, my beloved brethren.

American King James Version
Do not err, my beloved brothers.

American Standard Version
Be not deceived, my beloved brethren.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren.

Darby Bible Translation
Do not err, my beloved brethren.

English Revised Version
Be not deceived, my beloved brethren.

Webster's Bible Translation
Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not be deceived, my dearly-loved brethren.

World English Bible
Don't be deceived, my beloved brothers.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not led astray, my brethren beloved;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:12-18 It is not every man who suffers, that is blessed; but he who with patience and constancy goes through all difficulties in the way of duty. Afflictions cannot make us miserable, if it be not our own fault. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. The crown of life is promised to all who have the love of God reigning in their hearts. Every soul that truly loves God, shall have its trials in this world fully recompensed in that world above, where love is made perfect. The commands of God, and the dealings of his providence, try men's hearts, and show the dispositions which prevail in them. But nothing sinful in the heart or conduct can be ascribed to God. He is not the author of the dross, though his fiery trial exposes it. Those who lay the blame of sin, either upon their constitution, or upon their condition in the world, or pretend they cannot keep from sinning, wrong God as if he were the author of sin. Afflictions, as sent by God, are designed to draw out our graces, but not our corruptions. The origin of evil and temptation is in our own hearts. Stop the beginnings of sin, or all the evils that follow must be wholly charged upon us. God has no pleasure in the death of men, as he has no hand in their sin; but both sin and misery are owing to themselves. As the sun is the same in nature and influences, though the earth and clouds, often coming between, make it seem to us to vary, so God is unchangeable, and our changes and shadows are not from any changes or alterations in him. What the sun is in nature, God is in grace, providence, and glory; and infinitely more. As every good gift is from God, so particularly our being born again, and all its holy, happy consequences come from him. A true Christian becomes as different a person from what he was before the renewing influences of Divine grace, as if he were formed over again. We should devote all our faculties to God's service, that we may be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 16-18. - The connection of thought with what goes before appears to be this. God cannot be the author of temptation, which thus leads to sin and death, because all good and perfect gifts, and these only, come from him. Verse 16. - Do not err; better, be act deceived; μὴ πλανᾶσθε. The same formula is also found in 1 Corinthians 6:9; 15:83; Galatians 6:7.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Do not err, my beloved brethren. For to make God the author of sin, or to charge him with being concerned in temptation to sin, is a very great error, a fundamental one, which strikes at the nature and being of God, and at the perfection of his holiness: it is a denying of him, and is one of those damnable errors and heresies, which bring upon men swift destruction; and therefore to be guarded against, rejected, and abhorred by all that profess any regard unto him, his name and glory.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Do not err in attributing to God temptation to evil; nay (as he proceeds to show), "every good," all that is good on earth, comes from God.

James 1:16 Additional Commentaries
Perseverance in Temptation
15Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.…
Cross References
Acts 1:15
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)

1 Corinthians 6:9
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men

James 1:2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

James 2:1
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

James 2:5
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

James 2:14
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

James 3:10
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

James 4:11
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

James 5:12
Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear--not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple "Yes" or "No." Otherwise you will be condemned.

James 5:19
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,
Treasury of Scripture

Do not err, my beloved brothers.


Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures, …

Mark 12:24,27 And Jesus answering said to them, Do you not therefore err, because …

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

Colossians 2:4,8 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words…

2 Timothy 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection …


James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and …

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

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