James 2

The Sin of Partiality

1 a  My brethren b  do not hold your faith in our c  glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of d  personal favoritism. 2For if a man comes into your
Or synagogue
assembly with a gold ring and dressed in
Or bright
g  fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in h  dirty clothes,
3and you
Lit look at
pay 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,”
4have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges k  with evil
Lit reasonings
5Listen m  my beloved brethren: did not n  God choose the poor
Lit to the
of this world to be p  rich in faith and q  heirs of the kingdom which He r  promised to those who love Him?
6But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and
Lit they themselves
personally t  drag you into
Lit courts
7 v  Do they not blaspheme the fair name
Lit which has been called upon you
by which you have been called?

8If, however, you x  are fulfilling the
Or law of our King
royal law according to the Scripture z  You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
9But if you aa  show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the
Or Law
law as transgressors.
10For whoever keeps the whole
Or Law
law and yet ad  stumbles in one point, he has become ae  guilty of all.
11For 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
Or Law
12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by ai  the law of liberty. 13For aj  judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy
Lit boasts against
triumphs over judgment.

Faith and Works

14 al  What use is it, am  my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can
Lit the
that faith save him?
15 ao  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, ap  Go in peace
Or warm yourselves and fill yourselves
be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
17Even so ar  faith, if it has no works, is
Or dead by its own standards
dead, being by itself.

18 at  But someone
Lit will
may 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.”
19You 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.
20But 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? 22You see that bf  faith was working with his works, and
Or by the deeds
as a result of the bh  works, faith was
Or completed
23and 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. 24You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25In 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? 26For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also bn  faith without works is dead.
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