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

  • 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.
  • A disciple
    "Jesus spent 3 quarters of His time in Ministry healing the sick and delivering people from the hold of the devil.." John the Baptist preached that every valley would be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low; the crooked be made straight, and the rough places made plain. The work of God is that we believe, and by our faith preparing to meet our God. Patient Endurance in Obedience by FAITH.
  • Darrick Triplett
    Knowing this, that the ' trying of your faith ,Faith , And Faith worketh patience.
  • Steve morrow
    PHILIPPIANS 1:29 FOR UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN IN BEHALF OF CHRIST --- NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE --- ON HIM --- BUT ALSO TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE COLOSSIANS 3:12 PUT ON THEREFORE AS THE ELECT OF GOD HOLY AND BELOVED BOWELS OF MERCIES KINDNESS --- HUMBLENESS OF MIND --- MEEKNESS LONGSUFFERING 1 TIMOTHY 1:16 HOWBEIT FOR THIS CAUSE I OBTAINED MERCY --- THAT IN ME FIRST --- JESUS CHRIST MIGHT SHOW FORTH ALL LONGSUFFERING FOR A PATTERN TO THEM WHICH SHOULD HEREAFTER BELIEVE ON HIM TO LIFE EVERLASTING MY BRETHREN COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU FALL INTO DIVERSE TEMPTATIONS --1:3-- KNOWING THIS THAT THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKETH PATIENCE --1:4-- BUT LET PATIENCE HAVE HER --PERFECT WORK-- THAT YOU MAY BE PERFECT AND ENTIRE WANTING NOTHING 2 TIMOTHY 3:12 YEA AND ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION
  • A disciple
    "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:3 In the context of all that is here being said by James what were the "temptations" in which they were exhorted to rejoice in? Because of the persecution that arose over the matter of Stephen, all but the Apostles were driven out and scattered, to look for new homes as strangers in foreign Countries. The relentless and merciless pursuit by their own countrymen even into far away lands, was terribly cruel. Now adding the temptations that are more common to us all which have to do with our character and sanctification and the chastisements necessary for growth and coming to maturity this is a very excellent and serious instruction! Jesus spent 3 4 of His time in Ministry healing the sick and delivering people from the hold of the devil all in things for their comfort and well being in this present evil world, and in our present condition of humiliations and temptations! Whatever our troubles, and however we are put to the test walking in truth trusting in the Lord over all we see and feel and experience is the walk of victory and overcoming! Let us consider the things that will be for one another's well being and comfort, and regard our own trials and torments as those things sent by our Father for our healing and freedom, and the end everlasting life.
  • Fredrick kayemba
    Glory to God really ur doing a great work in the kingdom of God may His Hand continue to bless u perfectly