James 2

The Sin of Partiality

1My brothers,
Or  brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 14
bshow no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, cthe Lord of glory.
2For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” dwhile you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become ejudges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers, fhas not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be grich in faith and heirs of hthe kingdom, iwhich he has promised to those who love him? 6But you jhave dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who kdrag you linto court? 7Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable mname by which you were called?

8If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, n“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9But if you oshow partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point phas become guilty of all of it. 11For he who said, q“Do not commit adultery,” also said, r“Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under sthe law of liberty. 13For tjudgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith ubut does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 vIf a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 wand one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good
Or benefit
is that?
17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith yapart from your works, and I will show you my faith zby my works. 19 aaYou believe that God is one; you do well. Even abthe demons believeand shudder! 20Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 acWas not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that adfaith was active along with his works, and faith was completed aeby his works; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, afAbraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a agfriend of God. 24You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25And in the same way was not also ahRahab the prostitute justified by works aiwhen she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

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