James 1:1

“Iames a seruant of God, and of the Lord Iesus Christ, to the twelue Tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.”

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Other Translations

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
- King James Version

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting.
- American Standard Version (1901)

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, sends words of love to the twelve tribes of the Jews living in all parts of the earth.
- Basic English Bible

James, bondman of God and of [the] Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which [are] in the dispersion, greeting.
- Darby Bible

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
- Webster's Bible

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: to the twelve tribes who are scattered over the world. All good wishes.
- Weymouth Bible

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the Dispersion: Greetings.
- World English Bible

James, the seruaunt of God, and of oure Lord Jhesu Crist, to the twelue kinredis, that ben in scatering abrood, helthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

James, of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ a servant, to the Twelve Tribes who are in the dispersion: Hail!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:1


1:1 A servant of Jesus Christ - Whose name the apostle mentions but once more in the whole epistle, #James 2:1|. And not at all in his whole discourse, #Acts 15:14|, &c.; or #Acts 21:20 |- 25. It might have seemed, if he mentioned him often, that he did it out of vanity, as being the brother of the Lord. To the twelve tribes - Of Israel; that is, those of them that believe. Which are scattered abroad - In various countries. Ten of the tribes were scattered ever since the reign of Hosea; and great part of the rest were now dispersed through the Roman empire: as was foretold, #Deut 28:25|, &c.30:4. Greeting - That is, all blessings, temporal and eternal.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:1


Jas 1:1 On Temptations SUMMARY OF JAMES 1: Rejoicing in Trial. Seeking Wisdom. Stability Urged. The Source of Temptation. The Fountain of All Blessings. Pure and Undefiled Religion. James. See Introduction concerning the writer. He is called by Paul (Ga 1:19) and by Josephus the brother of Jesus. A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. It seems probable from the title assumed that James was not an apostle. With only a few exceptions the Epistles begin with a reference to the apostleship of the writer. To the twelve tribes. The Jews are often so designated. See Ex 24:4 28:21 39:14 Eze 47:13 Mt 19:28 Lu 22:30 Ac 26:7 Re 21:12. Which are scattered abroad. Rather "of the Dispersion", a term applied to Jews outside of Judea.

Discussion for James 1

  • Sally
    James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. My mom told me when my dad died Christians help her but family told her the Christians were keeping her from having fun. My mom left the place the Christians provide for us and went to the family but they didn t accept us.
  • Mike Klade SR.
    Perhaps one of the most underrated verses in the Bible, James 1:27 - Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To care for the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. In God's wisdom, power and love he puts caring FIRST. I plead for all to remember and do this. Imagine the despair and suffering this will cure. PRAISE GOD!
  • Tammy
    When you receive His Spirit inside of you, you will know that the Word of God is truth. Then, my Christian friends they we will see.
  • Preach
    Faith and Patience are fruits of the Spirit of God that must be developed by trials and tribulations. Its our duty as believers to know the works of the Spirit to enjoy His mercy, charity,clemency, grace, leniency that comes from the trials of Faith and Patience to helps us choose good over evil. Amen
  • Teri
    2 Tim 3:16-17 GB!
  • Vanessa
    do not think those that are well to do deserve more respect then a poor person, knowone is above anyone. Respect all and seems the uppity need lessons on this, today they want to create more poor with their own greed. God help them when they knock at the door

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