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

  • 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