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To The Believing Remnant Of Yisrael
1 Yaakov, an eved of YHUH and The Master YAHUSHA Ha Moshiach to the twelve tribes who are scattered abroad among the goyim in the galut: Shalom.
2 My Yisraelite brothers, count it all simcha when you fall into diverse trials;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your emunah produces patience.
4 But let patience be a perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack chochmah, let him ask of YHUH who gives to all men liberally, without reproach; and it shall be given to him.
6 But let him ask in emunah, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive anything from The Master YHUH.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his derachot.
9 Let the brother of low degree gilah in that he is exalted:
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 For the shemesh is no sooner risen with a burning heat, so that it withers the grass and the flower falls and the pretty appearance of it perishes: so also shall the rich man fade away in the course of his chayim.
12 Blessed is the man that endures trials: for when he is tried, he shall receive the keter of chayim that YHUH has promised to those that love Him.
13 Let no man say when he is tested, I am tempted by YHUH; for YHUH cannot be tempted with evil, neither does He tempt any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own desires and is taken away.
15 Then when desire has conceived, it births sin: and sin, when it is spread, brings forth death.
16 Do not go astray, my beloved Yisraelite brothers.
17 Every tov gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from The Abba of Lights, in whom there is no changing, nor shadows that turn.
18 Of His own will He brought us forth with the Torah of emet, that we should be the bikkurim of His recreation.
19 So then, my beloved Yisraelite brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger:
20 For the wrath of man does not bring about the tzedakah of YHUH.
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and the multitude of evils and receive with meekness the engrafted Torah, which is able to save your beings.
22 But be doers of the Torah, and not hearers only deceiving yourselves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the Torah and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror:
24 For he sees himself and goes away and immediately forgets what type of man he was.
25 But whoever looks into the perfect Torah of freedom and continues in it, he will not be a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the mitzvoth; this man shall be blessed in his mitzvoth.
26 If any man among you seems to be an eved of The Master and controls not his tongue, he deceives his own lev and this man’s service is in vain.
27 Pure and undefiled service to Abba YHUH is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the olam hazeh.
2 My Yisraelite brothers, have not the emunah in our Master YAHUSHA Ha Moshiach, The Master of tifereth, with partiality.
2 For if there comes into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in costly apparel and there comes in also a poor man in soiled clothing;
3 And you show chen to him that wears the beautiful clothing and say to him, Sit here in a tov place; and say to the poor, Stand over there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are you not then being partial among yourselves and have become shophtim with evil thoughts?
5 Shema carefully, my beloved Yisraelite brothers, Has not YHUH chosen the poor of this olam rich in emunah and heirs of the malchut which He has promised to them that love Him?
6 But you have despised the poor. Is it not rich men that oppress you and drag you before their bema of mishpat?
7 Do they not blaspheme that worthy Name by which you are called?
8 If you fulfill the royal Torah according to The Katuv, You shall love your neighbor as yourself; you will do well:
9 But if you show partiality among men, you commit sin and are convicted by the Torah as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the entire Torah and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now even if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you have become a transgressor of the Torah.
12 So act and do, as those that shall be judged by the Torah of liberty.
13 For He shall have mishpat without rachamim to him that has showed no rachamim; for you exalt yourselves by desiring rachamim instead of mishpat.
14 What does it profit, my Yisraelite brothers, if a man says he has emunah and has not mitzvoth? Can emunah save him?
15 If a brother, or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you says to them, Depart in shalom, may you be warm and filled; but you give them not those things that are needful to the gooff; what use is it?
17 Even so emunah, if it has not mitzvoth, is dead, being alone.
18 Yes, a man may say, You have emunah and I have mitzvoth: show me your emunah without your mitzvoth and I will show you my emunah by my mitzvoth.
19 You believe that there is Ahloha Echad; you do well: the shedim also believe and tremble.
20 But will you know, O vain ish, that emunah without mitzvoth is dead?
21 Was not Avraham our abba made tzadik by mitzvoth, when he had offered Yitzchak his son upon the altar?
22 Do you see how emunah worked with his mitzvoth and by mitzvoth was his emunah made perfect?
23 And The Katuv was fulfilled which said, Avraham believed YHUH and it was counted to him for tzedakah: and he was called the chaver of YHUH.
24 You see then how that by mitzvoth a man is made tzadik and not by emunah only.
25 Likewise also was not Rachav the harlot made tzadik by mitzvoth, when she had received the spies and had sent them out another derech?
26 For as the gooff without the ruach is dead, so emunah without mitzvoth is dead also.
3 My Yisraelite brothers, not many should be rabbis-morim, knowing that we shall receive a stronger mishpat.
2 For in many things we offend all people. If any man offend not in speech, the same is a perfect man and able also to bridle the whole gooff.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, so that they may obey us; and we turn their whole gooff.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great and are driven by fierce winds, yet they are turned around with a very small rudder, in any way that the captain desires.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member and yet boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire ignites!
6 And the tongue is a fire and the sinful olam a forest: so is the tongue among our members, it can defile the whole gooff and sets on fire the course of our Yisraelite race that rolls on like a wheel; and it burns on with the fire of Gei-Hinnom.
7 For every kind of beast and of birds and of serpents and of things in the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is unruly, evil and full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless Ahloha, even our Abba; and with it we curse men, who are made after the image of The Master YHUH.
10 Out of the same mouth proceeds brachot and cursing. My Yisraelite brothers, these things should not be so!
11 Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet mayim and bitter?
12 Can the fig eytz, my Yisraelite brothers, bear olive berries? Or, a vine, figs? So likewise saltwater cannot be made sweet.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with training among you? Let him show a tov lifestyle with his mitzvoth in meekness of chochmah.
14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your levavot, boast not and lie not against the emet.
15 This chochmah descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual and from s.a.tan.
16 For where envy and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the chochmah that is from above is first perfect, then full of shalom, gentle and ready to obey, full of rachamim and tov fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
18 And those that make shalom sow the fruit of tzedakah in shalom.
4 From where do wars and fighting among you come? Do they not come from your desires that war in your members?
2 You desire and have not: you kill and desire to have and cannot obtain: you strive and fight; yet you have not because you ask not.
3 You ask and receive not because you ask wickedly, that you may satisfy your lusts.
4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that chavurah with worldly things is enmity with YHUH? Whoever therefore wants to be a chaver of worldly things is the enemy of YHUH.
5 Do you think that The Katuv said in vain, The human ruach that dwells in us is being provoked to envy?
6 But He gives more chen. Therefore He said,YHUH resists the proud, but gives chen to the humble.
7 Submit yourselves fully therefore to YHUH.Resist s.a.tan and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to YHUH and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your levavot, you double minded.
9 Lament and mourn and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning and your simcha to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of The Master YHUH and He shall lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of another, Yisraelite brothers. He that speaks evil of his brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the Torah and judges the Torah: But if you judge the Torah, you are not a doer of the Torah, but a judge of it.
12 There is one Lawgiver and Shophet, who is able to save and to destroy: who are you to judge your neighbor?
13 Come now, you that say, Today, or tomorrow we will go into such a city and continue there a year and buy and sell and prosper:
14 You do not know what shall be tomorrow. For what is your chayim? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
15 For what you should say is, The Master YHUH willing, we shall have chayim and do this, or that.
16 But now you gilah in your boastings: all such pride is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knows to do tov and does it not, to him it is sin.
5 Come now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.
3 Your gold and silver is tarnished; and their rust shall be a witness against you and shall eat your flesh, as it was fire. You have stored up treasure together for the yamim acharonim.
4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who have reaped your fields, that you hold back by fraud, cries: and the cries of those who have reaped have entered into the ears of The Master YHUH Tzevaot.
5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth and been in luxury; you have nourished your levavot, as in a yom of slaughter.
6 You have condemned and killed the tzadik man; and he does not resist you.
7 Be patient therefore, Yisraelite brothers, to the coming of The Master YHUH. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and has great patience for it, until it receives the early and latter-rain.
8 You also be patient; establish your levavot: for the coming of The Master draws near.
9 Grumble not one against another, Yisraelite brothers, lest you be condemned: behold, the Shophet stands before the door.
10 Take, my Yisraelite brothers, the neviim, who have spoken in the Name of The Master YHUH, as our example of suffering, affliction and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the patience of Iyov and have seen the purpose of The Master YHUH; that The Master YHUH is full of pity and full of tender rachamim.
12 But above all things, my Yisraelite brothers, swear not, neither by the shamayim, neither by the olam, neither by any other oath: but let your yes be yes; and your no be no; lest you fall into condemnation.
13 Is any among you afflicted? Let him make tefillah. Is any in tov mood? Let him sing from The Tehillim.
14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the shamashim of the kehilla; and let them make tefillah over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of YHUH:
15 And the tefillah of emunah shall save the sick and YHUH shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another and make tefillah one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent tefillot of a tzadik man is powerful accomplishing much.
17 Eliyahu was a man subject to many emotions as we are and he made tefillah earnestly that it would not rain: and it rained not on the earth for three years and six chodashem.
18 And he made tefillah again and the shamayim gave rain and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19 Yisraelite brothers, if any of you does stray from the emet and one of you helps him make full teshuvah;
20 Let him know, that he who turns the sinner from the error of his derech, shall save a being from death and shall even wipe out a multitude of sins. Ahmein. X
JAMES 1:1 his scroll is written to all twelve tribes of Israel, who are all said to still be in the exile, or dispersion around 60 CE. If the House of Judah had all returned in 520 BCE in the days of Ezra, as some falsely assert, then James would be addressing nine tribes still in dispersion, not twelve. Both houses at the time of Messiah were in full exile, other than a tiny unbelieving remnant in the province of Judea, who later were exiled as well.
JAMES 1:2 The born-again believers are called brothers from the 12 tribes. James who was Messiah's step-brother, had no problem understanding just who all the believers in Messiah truly are.
JAMES 1:4 Even in exile, Israel can be fully provided for through one’s own patience, as they wait on YAH.
JAMES 1:8 The imagery here is that double-mindedness is likened to spiritual exile, a situation the 12 tribes can well identify with.
JAMES 1:8 “Men” in Scripture almost always refers to Israel in a believing context.
JAMES 1:9 Speaking of the former Lo-Ami, or Efrayim-Israel.
JAMES 1:12 Being Israel means that by trusting YAH , a man can overcome trials and be rich in faith.
JAMES 1:13 “Man” is a synonym for “Israel,” and Yisraelites know that YAH tries and tests us, but never tempts us. That job is done by s.a.tan.
JAMES 1:14 See the footnote regarding “man” in James 1:8.
JAMES 1:14 Just like the lost during the Great Tribulation, as the saved are left behind and the lost are “taken away.”
JAMES 1:18 James expects his Hebrew readers to understand Shavuot and First Fruits, both referred to as first-fruit feasts. We will be the first-fruits to rise from the dead at Messiah’s return.
JAMES 1:21 The promise to both houses found in Jeremiah 31:31.
JAMES 1:22 The only word that believers knew was Torah, since most of the Renewed Covenant had not yet been written.
JAMES 1:22 Torah-keeping guards us from possible self-deceptions.
JAMES 1:24 When the exiles hear the Torah and do not perform it, they continue in the path of all who are Israel and at one time knew who they were, but became the lost tribes due to a departure from doing Torah. Since they did not continue in observing it, they need to be constantly reminded that they are the lost sheep of the House of Israel. They need to look into the mirror of Torah, in order to have their memory jarred as to their identity. Looking carefully at Torah then will reestablish their identity and end their amnesia.
JAMES 1:25 See footnote for James 1:24. A doer of Torah will soon remember his ancient heritage, causing the amnesia of his heritage to dissipate.
JAMES 1:26 Lashon hara, or “evil speech,” that can defile a Yisraelite’s walk and calling.
JAMES 1:27 In a Hebraic mindset, it is not merely believing that displays a man's character, but his performance of what he believes, as opposed to a mere mental assent to facts.
JAMES 2:1 A warning to all returning Yisraelites.
JAMES 2:6 And thereby violated Torah.
JAMES 2:7 Many people including the rich hate YAH’s true Name.
JAMES 2:9 If Judah shows partiality towards Judah alone and doesn’t receive Efrayim back, they are considered transgressors, just as if they had abused the poor.
JAMES 2:10 What one point is under discussion? Showing partiality. If a Jewish believer keeps the whole Torah and yet mistreats, or refuses to recognize Efrayim, it is as if he has violated the entire Torah. There is much more on this in Galatians, or Galut-YAH.
JAMES 2:11 See the footnote for James 2:10.
JAMES 2:13 Aramaic Peshitta.
JAMES 2:13 These verses (8-13) are a call to returning Israel to walk in mercy and patience towards the other house, so that our national civil war can be over and our unity can be a peace offering before YAH.
JAMES 2:18James is not negating either. Rather he is showing the exiles the difference between a balanced Hebraic approach to faith in Messiah, as opposed to the Greco-Roman heretical approach, that had begun to seep in.
JAMES 2:19 The point here is the faith in a superpower, or an almighty is nice, but it is necessary to trust in YAH alone and then act like it, unlike demons that neither use YAH’s Name, nor do they act like Him.
JAMES 2:20 Reference to Israel.
JAMES 2:21 Believers are both the physical and spiritual offspring of Abraham.
JAMES 2:24 Unlike Luther, Abraham and other Torah-keepers understand this very well. The Torah is an outlet through which we shower The Father with obedience and our fellow man with set apart living. It is the natural expression of our faith.
JAMES 2:24 If Abraham was justified by the work he did in Genesis 22, it seems that the work was truly completed in order for him to be commended.
JAMES 3:1 Usage of the word rabbi is due to the obvious reference to believers attending a synagogue in chapter 2, verse 2, as well as this scroll being sent to all twelve tribes, who called their teachers “rabbi.”
JAMES 3:1 Sentencing by YAH takes into account the greater responsibilities given to teachers and more will be required of teachers, as opposed to this being any sort of personal condemnation, which, based on Romans 8:1, is not for any believer.
JAMES 3:6 The Aramaic describes the tongue as a destructive tool to the Yisraelite race that is like a wheel symbolizing the ongoing iniquity of the people of Israel.
JAMES 3:8 Sadly in Israel's history, our tongues have gotten us in much trouble with YAH and with our fellow brother.
JAMES 3:10 Remember that not even Yisraelites can curse other Yisraelites, since Torah tells us that no man can curse what YAH has blessed.
JAMES 3:17 Isaiah 26:3.
JAMES 3:17 Heavenly chochmah is ready to obey and do all of Torah, without jealousy and arguing and also without partiality towards either returning house of Israel.
JAMES 3:18 When all twelve tribes come together in harmony and love, it is a peace offering before YAH and received as a fruit, or grain offering as in the Tanach/First Covenant.
JAMES 4:11 Judah and Efrayim must both be doing Torah, not judging each other’s styles and quirks in applying the Torah, for if we do so, we become Torah judges, rather than doers of Torah on an equal footing with others in Israel. If we are always judging others, we have no time to get reacquainted with His love for all Israel.
JAMES 4:15 Yisraelites take one day at a time, even as our Master taught us to do.
JAMES 4:17 Knowing the word is not the answer. Knowing it and not obeying it is sin. Obedience is knowing the word and obeying it.
JAMES 5:8 Even the rich will have to give account for their riches at Messiah’s coming. Are you investing what you have in the kingdom, or in yourself alone, on an ongoing basis?
JAMES 5:9 All Israel must unlearn the vanity of our fathers, as they were a people of constant murmuring and complaining. We on the other hand, who are called to be renewed Yisraelites, must learn how not to complain, but rather to give praise while we walk in restoration love.
JAMES 5:12 This is not a reversal of Torah-based vow taking, rather a simplification of it to fewer words, so that s.a.tan cannot get a foothold within the saying of longer vows, where the tongue is given more room to set more forests on fire.
JAMES 5:14 True healing that lasts and is not simply dramatics is done in petition to YAH , not any other name, or substitute title.
JAMES 5:20 An apparent reference to those Yisraelites thinking of leaving true faith in Messiah by denying Him. Notice these stray sheep can be rescued while straying, but not after they have denied and forsaken Messiah. By displaying a strong stance against the evil forces that steal wayward sheep into denying Messiah as YAH’s Son, there is a promised reward of extra mercy to those fighting those anti-missionary battles in front line positions. Their deeds cover other shortcomings they may have before YAH , since He counts this battle as most crucial.