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New International Version
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
New Living Translation
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
English Standard Version
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
Berean Study Bible
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds,
Berean Literal Bible
Esteem it all joy, my brothers, when you might fall into various trials,
King James Bible
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
New King James Version
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
New American Standard Bible
Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials,
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials.
Christian Standard Bible
Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials,
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials,
American Standard Version
Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations;
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
May you have every joy, my brethren, when you enter various and many temptations,
Contemporary English Version
My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble.
My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
Good News Translation
My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way,
International Standard Version
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials,
Literal Standard Version
Count [it] all joy, my brothers, when you may fall into manifold temptations,
New American Bible
Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials,
My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials,
New Revised Standard Version
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy,
New Heart English Bible
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials,
Weymouth New Testament
Reckon it nothing but joy, my brethren, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials.
World English Bible
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,
Young's Literal Translation
All joy count it, my brethren, when ye may fall into temptations manifold;
Additional Translations ...
ContextRejoicing in Trials
1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes of the Dispersion: Greetings. 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.…
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.
Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
See how blessed we consider those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen the outcome from the Lord. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
1 Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in various trials
Treasury of Scripture
My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…
Luke 6:22,23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake…
Hebrews 11:36-38 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: …
1 Peter 1:6-8 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: …
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
James 1:1; "count it all joy," James 1:2) there follow appeals on behalf of patience, endurance. and meekness.
(2) Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.--Better, Account it all joy whenever ye fall into divers temptations--i.e., trials; but even with this more exact rendering of the text, how can we, poor frail creatures of earth, it may well be asked, feel any joy under such? Do we not pray in our Saviour's words, "Lead us not into temptation"? (See Matthew 6:13, and Note there.) Yet a little consideration will open out the teaching of Holy Scripture very plainly. The Apostle here is following the same line of thought as that expressed in Hebrews 5:14. By use (or habit, more properly) our senses may be exercised to the discernment of good and evil. The grace of God given to the soul is capable of growth and enlargement, like the powers of body and mind. If either be unemployed, weakness must supervene, and eventually decay and death. And just as the veteran who has proved his armour well, and learned to face habitual danger as a duty, is more trustworthy than a raw recruit, however large of limb and stout of heart, so with the Christian soldier. He must learn to "endure hardness" (2Timothy 2:3), and bear meekly and even gladly all the trials which are to strengthen him for the holy war. Innocence is a grace indeed, and yet there is a higher stage of the same virtue, viz., the purity which has been won by long and often bitter conflict with the thousand suggestions of evil from without, stirring up the natural impurity within. Temptation is not sin. "You cannot," says the old German divine, "prevent the birds flying over your head, but you can from making nests in your hair;" and the soul victorious over some such trying onset is by that very triumph stronger and better able to undergo the next assault, The act of virtue has, in truth, helped to build up the habit, from which, when it is perfected, a happy life cannot fail to spring. The interpretation of our Lord's prayer is rather the cry for help to God our Father in the trial, than for actual escape from it: Lead us not, i.e., where we in our free will may choose the wrong and perish. And there is a strangely sweet joy to be snatched from the most grievous temptation in the remembrance that "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1Corinthians 10:13). . . .Verses 2-18. - THE SUBJECT OF TEMPTATION. This section may be subdivided as follows: -
(1) The value of temptation (vers. 2-4).
(2) Digression suggested by the thought 'of perfection (vers. 5-11).
(3) Return to the subject of temptation (vers. 12-18). Verses 2-4. - The value of temptation. Considered as an opportunity, it is a cause for joy. Verse 2. - My brethren. A favorite expression with St. James, occurring no less than fifteen times in the compass of this short Epistle. Count it all joy, etc.; cf. 1 Peter 1:6, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold temptations, that the proof of your faith (τὸ δοκίμιον ὑμῶν τῆς πίστεως)... might be found unto praise," etc. The coincidence is too close to be accidental, although the shade of meaning given to δοκίμιον is slightly different, if indeed it has any right in the text in St. Peter (see Herr, vol. it. p. 102). Here it has its proper force, and signifies that by which the faith is tried, i.e. the instrument of trial rather than the process of trial. Thus the passage in ver. 3 becomes parallel to Romans 5:3, "tribulation worketh patience." With regard to the sentiments of ver. 2, "Count it all joy," etc., contrast Matthew 6:13. Experience, however, shows that the two are compatible. It is quite possible to shrink beforehand from temptation, and pray with intense earnestness, "Lead us not into temptation," and yet, when the temptation comes, to meet it joyfully, Περίπέσητε. The use of this word implies that the temptations of which St. James is thinking are external (see Luke 10:30, where the same word is used of the man who fell among thieves). 1 Thessalonians 2:14 and Hebrews 10:32, 33 will show the trials to which believing Jews were subject. But the epithet "manifold" would indicate that we should not confine the word here to trials such as those.
Verb - Aorist Imperative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2233: (a) To lead, (b) To think, be of opinion, suppose, consider.
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5479: Joy, gladness, a source of joy. From chairo; cheerfulness, i.e. Calm delight.
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.
Strong's 3752: When, whenever. From hote and an; whenever; also causatively inasmuch as.
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4045: From peri and pipto; to fall into something that is all around, i.e. Light among or upon, be surrounded with.
Noun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3986: From peirazo; a putting to proof (of good), experience (of evil), solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication, adversity.
of many kinds,
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4164: Various, of different colors, diverse, various. Of uncertain derivation; motley, i.e. Various in character.
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NT Letters: James 1:2 Count it all joy my brothers when (Ja Jas. Jam)