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

  • A disciple
    I see that this whole chapter has to do with bearing up under fiery trials of temptations. To the Saints of Jesus they are the means for purifying us, and fashioning our character to be like Him. So if we are poor in this world, then we count it an honor and a promotion from God, to be counted worthy of these things. If someone is rich in this world, he will call it blessing for God to humble him.
  • Steve morrow
    JAMES 4:3 YOU ASK AND RECEIVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK AMISS THAT YOU MAY CONSUME IT UPON YOUR LUSTS
  • Geraldine cole
    U right temptation is not sin .sin come in when we desire a thing or person then we act on it .Remember when Sadan tried to Temp Jesus he did not do what Sadan wanted him to do but he did speak a word on him.letting us no we must reburk Temptation .temptations will come we must be able to ID the source And remember Jesus Dont Temp anyone so the source will be Flesh or Sadan Praise the Lord .
  • BSP
    Verses 2 to 4 shows that when we successfully cope with trials it makes our faith stronger and we develop positive qualities.
  • Evangelist Dahlia Daniels
    We have to example ourselves before we can become doer's of GOD you can't even serve GOD if you're not Obedience Submitting Yourselves unto him and doing what you know is right no matter what the circumstances maybe that's the way of CHRIST
  • Lewis Mills Jr
    To me this verse shows us how to be humble, and obedient, in honoring God with sincerity, doing what God's word says do, not seeking the attention of man. Obedience.