New International Version
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
King James Bible
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Darby Bible Translation
Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into various temptations,
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;
James 1:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Count it all joy - The word πειρασμος, which we translate temptation, signifies affliction, persecution, or trial of any kind; and in this sense it is used here, not intending diabolic suggestion, or what is generally understood by the word temptation.
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LibraryFebruary 28. "Count it all Joy" (James i. 2).
"Count it all joy" (James i. 2). We do not always feel joyful, but we are to count it all joy. The word "reckon" is one of the key-words of Scripture. It is the same word used about our being dead. We do not feel dead. We are painfully conscious of something that would gladly return to life. But we are to treat ourselves as dead, and neither fear nor obey the old nature. So we are to reckon the thing that comes as a blessing. We are determined to rejoice, to say, "My heart is fixed, O God, I will …
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Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
1 Peter 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
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