James 1:4
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New International Version
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

New Living Translation
So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

English Standard Version
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

New American Standard Bible
And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

King James Bible
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

International Standard Version
But you must let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

NET Bible
And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But patience will have a complete work for itself that you would be perfected and complete, and that you would be lacking nothing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won't need anything.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the patience finishes the work, that ye may be perfect and entire, not lacking in anything.

King James 2000 Bible
But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.

American King James Version
But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

American Standard Version
And let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
But let endurance have [its] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

English Revised Version
And let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.

Webster's Bible Translation
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Weymouth New Testament
Only let endurance have perfect results so that you may become perfect and complete, deficient in nothing.

World English Bible
Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Young's Literal Translation
and let the endurance have a perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire -- in nothing lacking;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-11 Christianity teaches men to be joyful under troubles: such exercises are sent from God's love; and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now, and our crown at last. Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, To any that asketh, it shall be given. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions. When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be unsteadiness in our words and actions. This may not always expose men to contempt in the world, but such ways cannot please God. No condition of life is such as to hinder rejoicing in God. Those of low degree may rejoice, if they are exalted to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom of God; and the rich may rejoice in humbling providences, that lead to a humble and lowly disposition of mind. Worldly wealth is a withering thing. Then, let him that is rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble; and in the trials and exercises which teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from perishing enjoyments.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Patience alone is not sufficient. It must have scope given it for its exercise that it may have its "perfect work." That ye may be perfect (ἵνα ῆτε τέλειοι); cf. Matthew 5:48, "Be ye therefore perfect." Both τέλειος and ὁλόκληρος were applied to the initiated, the fully instructed, as opposed to novices in the ancient mysteries; and as early as 1 Corinthians 2:6, 7 we find τέλειος used for the Christian who is no longer in need of rudimentary teaching, and possibly this is the thought here. The figure, however, is probably rather that of the full-grown man. Τέλειοι, equivalent to "grown men" as opposed to children; ὁλόκληροι, sound in every part and limb (cf. ὁλοκληρίαν in Acts 3:16). From this τέλειος assumes a moral-complexion, that which has attained its aim. Compare its use in Genesis 6:9 and Deuteronomy 18:13, where it is equivalent to the Latin integer vitae, and the following passage from Stobaeus, which exactly serves to illustrate St. James's thought in vers. 4 and 5, Τὸν ἀγαθὸν ἄνδρα τέλειον εϊναι λέγουσιν, διὰ τὸ μηδεμίας ἀπολείπεσθαι ἀρετῆς The "perfection" which is to be attained in this life may be further illustrated from Hebrews 12:23 - a passage which is often misunderstood, but which undoubtedly means that the men were made perfect (πνεύμασι δικαίων τετελειωμένων), and that not in a future state, but here on earth, where alone they can be subject to those trials and conflicts by the patient endurance of which they are perfected for a higher state of being. The whole passage before us (vers. 2-6) affords a most remarkable instance of the figure called by grammarians anadiplosis, the repetition of a marked word at the close of one clause and beginning of another. "The trial of your faith worketh patience; but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing. But if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of the giving God... and it shall be given him; but let him ask in faith, nothing doubting, for he that doubteth," etc.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But let patience have her perfect work,.... Or effect; or be brought unto perfection; which may denote both the sincerity and continuance of it unto the end, with constancy: patience may be said to be perfect, when it appears to be real and sincere, and not dissembled; for as there may be a feigned faith, a dissembled love, and an hypocritical hope, so likewise a mere show of patience: and certain it is, that as there is a patience which is commendable, there is one that is not, 1 Peter 2:20. And this phrase may also design the constant exercise of this grace to the end; for he that endures, or is patient, and continues so unto the end, shall be saved, and enjoy that perfection of glory and happiness expressed in the next clause:

that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing; which cannot be understood of the saints in this present life; only as they are in Christ, and in a comparative sense; or as perfection may denote sincerity, and uprightness; or of a perfection of parts, but not of degrees; for the saints are very imperfect in themselves, and are very far from being complete in soul, body, and spirit; and want many things, and are wanting in many things, both in the exercise of grace, and in the discharge of duty; but when patience has had its perfect work, and has been tried to the uttermost, and is found right, and has held out to the end; then shall the saints be perfect in holiness and happiness, and be entire, whole, and complete; as they will be in the resurrection morn, both in soul and body, and will want no good thing, and will be free from every sorrow, nor will they be deficient in any service; and to this sense agrees James 1:12.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Let endurance have a perfect work (taken out of the previous "worketh patience" or endurance), that is, have its full effect, by showing the most perfect degree of endurance, namely, "joy in bearing the cross" [Menochius], and enduring to the end (Mt 10:22) [Calvin].

ye may be perfect—fully developed in all the attributes of a Christian character. For this there is required "joy" [Bengel], as part of the "perfect work" of probation. The work of God in a man is the man. If God's teachings by patience have had a perfect work in you, you are perfect [Alford].

entire—that which has all its parts complete, wanting no integral part; 1Th 5:23, "your whole (literally, 'entire') spirit, soul, and body"; as "perfect" implies without a blemish in its parts.

James 1:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rejoicing in Trials
3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 21:19
Stand firm, and you will win life.

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
Treasury of Scripture

But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

let.

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because …

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall …

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that …

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess you your souls.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall …

perfect and.

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

Proverbs 4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, …

Matthew 5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

John 17:23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and …

1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

Philippians 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

1 John 4:17,18 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the …

wanting.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

Matthew 19:20 The young man said to him, All these things have I kept from my youth …

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, One thing you …

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, …

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