Scripture Readings

Friday, April 25, 2014

James 1:1-12 (Vespers, 1st reading)

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James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.
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My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
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knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
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But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
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But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
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For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
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he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
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Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
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but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
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For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
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Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.