James 1:5

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If any of you lacke wisedome, let him aske of God, that giueth to all men liberally, and vpbraideth not: and it shalbe giuen him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if any man among you is without wisdom, let him make his request to God, who gives freely to all without an unkind word, and it will be given to him.
- Basic English Bible

But if any one of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all freely and reproaches not, and it shall be given to him:
- Darby Bible

If any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him.
- Webster's Bible

And if any one of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask God for it, who gives with open hand to all men, and without upbraiding; and it will be given him.
- Weymouth Bible

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him.
- World English Bible

And if ony of you nedith wisdom, axe he of God, which yyueth to alle men largeli, and vpbreidith not; and it schal be youun to hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if any of you do lack wisdom, let him ask from God, who is giving to all liberally, and not reproaching, and it shall be given to him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:5


1:5 If any want - The connexion between the first and following verses, both here and in the fourth chapter, will be easily discerned by him who reads them, while he is suffering wrongfully. He will then readily perceive, why the apostle mentions all those various affections of the mind. Wisdom - To understand, whence and why temptations come, and how they are to be improved. Patience is in every pious man already. Let him exercise this, and ask for wisdom. The sum of wisdom, both in the temptation of poverty and of riches, is described in the ninth and tenth verses. Who giveth to all - That ask aright. And upbraideth not - Either with their past wickedness, or present unworthiness.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:5


Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. This may be one of the wants. If so, go to God for it. That giveth to all [men] liberally. His people will hear, and in answer to their requests he giveth liberally, and upbraideth not. Never upbraideth on account of their requests as men so often do.

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.