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James 1:13-17

1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, 1  and he himself tempts no one. 1:14 But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. 1:15 Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. 1:16 Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. 2  1:17 All generous giving and every perfect gift 3  is from above, coming down 4  from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. 5 

1 tn Or “God must not be tested by evil people.”

2 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:2.

3 tn The first phrase refers to the action of giving and the second to what is given.

4 tn Or “All generous giving and every perfect gift from above is coming down.”

5 tn Grk “variation or shadow of turning” (referring to the motions of heavenly bodies causing variations of light and darkness).

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