The Sin of Partiality1 a My brethren b do not hold your faith in our c glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of d personal favoritism. 2 For if a man comes into your ▼
▼ Or synagogueassembly with a gold ring and dressed in ▼
▼ Or bright, g fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in h dirty clothes, 3 and you ▼
▼ Lit look atpay special attention to the one who is wearing the j fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges k with evil ▼
▼ Lit reasoningsmotives? 5 Listen m my beloved brethren: did not n God choose the poor ▼
▼ Lit to theof this world to be p rich in faith and q heirs of the kingdom which He r promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and ▼
▼ Lit they themselvespersonally t drag you into ▼
▼ Lit courtscourt? 7 v Do they not blaspheme the fair name ▼
▼ Lit which has been called upon youby which you have been called? 8 If, however, you x are fulfilling the ▼
▼ Or law of our Kingroyal law according to the Scripture z “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you aa show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the ▼ law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole ▼ law and yet ad stumbles in one point, he has become ae guilty of all. 11 For He who said af “Do not commit adultery,” also said ag “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the ▼ law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by ai the law of liberty. 13 For aj judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy ▼
▼ Lit boasts againsttriumphs over judgment.
Faith and Works14 al What use is it, am my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can ▼
▼ Lit thethat faith save him? 15 ao If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, ap “Go in peace ▼
▼ Or warm yourselves and fill yourselvesbe warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so ar faith, if it has no works, is ▼
▼ Or dead by its own standardsdead, being by itself. 18 at But someone ▼
▼ Lit willmay well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your av faith without the works, and I will aw show you my faith ax by my works.” 19 You believe that ▼
▼ One early ms reads there is one God, az God is one. ba You do well; bb the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize bc you foolish fellow, that bd faith without works is useless? 21 be Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that bf faith was working with his works, and ▼
▼ Or by the deedsas a result of the bh works, faith was ▼
▼ Or completedperfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says bj “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called bk the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not bl Rahab the harlot also justified by works bm when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also bn faith without works is dead.
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