James 1:17

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euery good gift, and euery perfect gift is from aboue, & commeth downe from the Father of lights, with whom is no variablenesse, neither shadow of turning.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Every good and true thing is given to us from heaven, coming from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change or any shade made by turning.
- Basic English Bible

Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation nor shadow of turning.
- Darby Bible

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
- Webster's Bible

Every gift which is good, and every perfect boon, is from above, and comes down from the Father, who is the source of all Light. In Him there is no variation nor the slightest suggestion of change.
- Weymouth Bible

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.
- World English Bible

Ech good yifte, and ech perfit yifte is from aboue, and cometh doun fro the fadir of liytis, anentis whom is noon other chaungyng, ne ouerschadewyng of reward.
- Wycliffe Bible

every good giving, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the lights, with whom is no variation, or shadow of turning;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:17


1:17 No evil, but every good gift - Whatever tends to holiness. And every perfect gift - Whatever tends to glory. Descendeth from the Father of lights - The appellation of Father is here used with peculiar propriety. It follows, he begat us. He is the Father of all light, material or spiritual, in the kingdom of grace and of glory. With whom is no variableness - No change in his understanding. Or shadow of turning - in his will. He infallibly discerns all good and evil; and invariably loves one, and hates the other. There is, in both the Greek words, a metaphor taken from the stars, particularly proper where the Father of lights is mentioned. Both are applicable to any celestial body, which has a daily vicissitude of day and night, and sometimes longer days, sometimes longer nights. In God is nothing of this kind. He is mere light. If there Is any such vicissitude, it is in ourselves, not in him.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:17


Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. All gifts that truly bless us are God's gifts. And cometh down from the Father of lights. God, the Creator of every light of the material world, and the source of all moral light. With whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. God is unchangeable, always the same, nor does he cast a "shadow of turning" like the sun. The allusion is to the constantly changing shadows of objects in the sunlight caused by the movement, not of the sun, but of the earth.

Discussion for James 1

  • Victor
    ...count it all joy when you fall into divers trials ...
  • John
    Verse 1 tells us this book is written to the New Testament Jews under the law (Hebrews 8:8)
  • Steve morrow
    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 --- JOHN 14:21 he that hath MY commandments and keepeth them he it is that loveth ME and he that loveth ME shall be loved of MY FATHER and I will love him and will manifest myself to him
  • Linda
    I love the book of James. James is straight and to the point for those of us whom have suffered many severe attacks from the enemy, the book of James is comforting. Just this one scripture: Listen intently swift to hear . Speak what God would have you to say slow to speak , slow to wrath anger solves nothing, it is only a distraction. This little song I have had on my heart all morning. My soul loves JESUS, bless HIS name.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 now I beseech you brethren by the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1 be you followers of me even as I also am of CHRIST JOHN 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with MY FATHER and you do that which you have seen with your father --8:26-- I have many things to say and to judge of you but HE that sent ME is true and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of HIM ACTS 3:26 unto you first --GOD--having raised up HIS SON JESUS sent HIM to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities
  • Traci Taylor
    Praise God for the word of the Lord! The word is the only way to examine the truth about man to the point where even God says "Man hall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God" It is powerful and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. A wonderful remedy for things that attempt to alter, distort, or pervert us. The book of James is a mirror.