James 1:4

“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But let patience haue her perfect worke, that ye may be perfect, and entier, wanting nothing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And let endurance have {its} perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And let patience have `its' perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But let this power have its full effect, so that you may be made complete, needing nothing.
- Basic English Bible

But let endurance have [its] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- Darby Bible

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
- Webster's Bible

Only let endurance have perfect results so that you may become perfect and complete, deficient in nothing.
- Weymouth Bible

Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- World English Bible

and pacience hath a perfit werk, that ye be perfit and hole, and faile in no thing.
- Wycliffe Bible

and let the endurance have a perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire -- in nothing lacking;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:4


1:4 Let patience have its perfect work - Give it full scope, under whatever trials befal you. That ye may be perfect and entire - Adorned with every Christian grace. And wanting nothing - Which God requires in you.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:4


Jas 1:4 Let patience. Let endurance not be merely passive, but have [her] perfect work; work out its complete results, that nothing may be wanting in your lives.

Discussion for James 1

  • David V
    Bruce, though the same Greek word for temptation is used it is spoken of in 2 contexts. The first is one in which you "fall into". This is meant to try the faith and produce enduring obedience and faithfulness to God as we experience His grace more and more.
    The second refers to being tempted with that which God cannot be, evil. This comes from within and is inherent in our flesh see Romans 7.
  • Bruce
    Dave:Persecution is hostility or ill-treatment especially because of race or political or religious beliefs. Temptatian: a desire to do something especially something wrong or unwise. Let's get to the "Heart" of the matter.V:14. Temptation comes from within. ( Temptation is not persecution.) John 6:44,1John1:9,you will be Matthew 3:11. You will know! 2Corinthians 5:17. Impossible not to know.
  • David V
    Temptation, or testing, can come both from without and within. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness yet we know that He had no sin in Him. When our inward lust draws us away from God(temptation) at the time we are given opportunity to respond one way or the other(temptation), that is when sin comes about. Persecution is temptation because it gives opportunity to respond according to faith or lust.
  • Vince
    Temptation is not sin, giving in to it is. We must recognize it for what it is and act accordingly
  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise The Lord Jesus
  • Ronald Beal
    Temptation comes from within- we are drawn away, (from the provision of God) when we seek to obtain in our own strength. Lusting is not the temptation to break the Law; Leaving the provision/ power of God and attempting to obtain in our own strength, i.e., Sin. The provision by God is called Faith, all that is not of Faith is Sin, period. Follow "Faith" through the scriptures for confirmation.

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