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

  • 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.

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