James 1:4
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.

Berean Study Bible
Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Berean Literal Bible
And let endurance have its perfect work, so 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.

Christian Standard Bible
And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

Contemporary English Version
But you must learn to endure everything, so you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.

Good News Translation
Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking 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.

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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;
Study Bible
Rejoicing in Trials
3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 21:19
By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.

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

1 Thessalonians 5:23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body.

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, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain…

Job 17:9
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Psalm 37:7
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

perfect and.

James 3:2
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Proverbs 4:8
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

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

wanting.

James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Matthew 19:20
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Mark 10:21
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.







Lexicon
Allow
ἐχέτω (echetō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

perseverance
ὑπομονὴ (hypomonē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5281: Endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for. From hupomeno; cheerful endurance, constancy.

to finish
τέλειον (teleion)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5046: From telos; complete; neuter completeness.

[its] work,
ἔργον (ergon)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

you may be
ἦτε (ēte)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

mature
τέλειοι (teleioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5046: From telos; complete; neuter completeness.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

complete,
ὁλόκληροι (holoklēroi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3648: Complete in every part, sound, perfect, entire. From holos and kleros; complete in every part, i.e. Perfectly sound.

[not] lacking
λειπόμενοι (leipomenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3007: A primary verb; to leave, i.e. to fail or be absent.

[anything].
μηδενὶ (mēdeni)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3367: No one, none, nothing.
(4) Let patience have her perfect work.--Do not think the grace will come to its full beauty in an hour. Emotion and sentiment may have their place in the beginning of a Christian career, but the end thereof is not yet. Until the soul be quite unmoved by any attack of Satan, the work cannot be deemed "perfect." The doctrine is not mere quietism, much less one of apathy, but rather this, that the conscious strength of patient trust in God is able to say at all times (comp. Psalm 63:8)--

"My soul hath followed hard on Thee;

Thy right hand hath upholden me."

And if in this patience we can learn to possess our souls (Luke 21:19) the perfect work of God will be wrought within us.

That ye may be perfect and entire (or, complete).--A special proof herein for religious people may be taken with regard to temper. Few trials are harder; and sweetness of disposition often melts away from physical causes, such as ill-health or fatigue. But the great test remains; and it is one which the world will ever apply with scorn to the nominally Christian, refusing to admit the claims of saintliness on the part of any whose religion is not of the household as well as the Church. The entirety and completeness of the life hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) are manifested most by self-restraint.

Wanting nothing.--The older version, "lacking," found in Tyndale, Cranmer, and the Genevan Bible seems decidedly better. Here is no wish that the faithful should be free from care, heeding nothing; but rather that their whole lives might be without fault or flaw: a perfect sacrifice, as it were, offered up to God. And this idea is confirmed by reflecting on the original meaning of the word translated "entire" above in the Authorised version=complete, i.e., as an offering, with no blemish.

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. 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.
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