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James 1:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And let patience have [its] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And let endurance have [its] perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But let endurance have [its] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But let, your endurance, have, mature work, that ye may be mature and complete, in nothing, coming short.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and let the endurance have a perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire—in nothing lacking;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And patience hath a perfect work: that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But let patience haue [her] perfect worke, that ye may be perfect, and entier, wanting nothing.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— but to patience let there be a perfect work, that you may be complete and perfected, and in nothing be deficient.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And let patience have its perfect work, so that ye may be complete and perfect, and may lack nothing.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
let y2192
[2192] Standard
ἔχω
echo
{ekh'-o}
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
patience 5281
{5281} Prime
ὑπομονή
hupomone
{hoop-om-on-ay'}
From G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy.
have 2192
{2192} Prime
ἔχω
echo
{ekh'-o}
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
[her] perfect 5046
{5046} Prime
τέλειος
teleios
{tel'-i-os}
From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness.
work, 2041
{2041} Prime
ἔργον
ergon
{er'-gon}
From ἔργω [[ergo]] (a primary but obsolete word; to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act.
that 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
ye may be 5600
{5600} Prime

o
{o}
Including the oblique forms, as well as ἦς [[es]], {ace}; [[e]], {ay}, etc.; the subjunctive of G1510; (may, might, can, could, would, must, etc.; also with G1487 and its compounds, as well as with other particles) be.
z5753
<5753> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 68
perfect 5046
{5046} Prime
τέλειος
teleios
{tel'-i-os}
From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
entire, 3648
{3648} Prime
ὁλόκληρος
holokleros
{hol'-ok'-lay-ros}
From G3650 and G2819; complete in every part, that is, perfectly sound (in body).
wanting 3007
{3007} Prime
λείπω
leipo
{li'-po}
A primary verb; to leave, that is, (intransitive or passive) to fail or be absent.
z5746
<5746> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 360
nothing. 3367
{3367} Prime
μηδείς
medeis
{may-dice'}
The masculine, feminine irregular (second form) and neuter (third form) from G3361 and G1520; not even one (man, woman, thing).
y1722
[1722] Standard
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 1:4

_ _ Let endurance have a perfect work (taken out of the previous “worketh patience” or endurance), that is, have its full effect, by showing the most perfect degree of endurance, namely, “joy in bearing the cross” [Menochius], and enduring to the end (Matthew 10:22) [Calvin].

_ _ ye may be perfect — fully developed in all the attributes of a Christian character. For this there is required “joy” [Bengel], as part of the “perfect work” of probation. The work of God in a man is the man. If God’s teachings by patience have had a perfect work in you, you are perfect [Alford].

_ _ entire — that which has all its parts complete, wanting no integral part; 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “your whole (literally, ‘entire’) spirit, soul, and body”; as “perfect” implies without a blemish in its parts.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on James 1:2-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

James 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

James 1:4

(4) But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

(4) The third argument, proposed in manner of an exhortation, that true and lasting patience may be discerned from false and temporary. Affliction is the instrument God uses to polish and refine us. Therefore through the work and effect of afflictions, we are perfected in Christ.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
let:

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. ... Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalms 40:1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

perfect and:

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.
Proverbs 4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
Philippians 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. ... Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].
1 John 4:17-18 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. ... There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

wanting:

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.
Matthew 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
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