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James, Chapter 2 (General Epistles)

The Sin of Favoritism

1My brothers, do not with partiality[1] to persons{1} keep[2] the faith of our Lord of glory,{2} Jesus Christ.[3] 2For if a gold-fingered man in fancy[4] clothing comes into your synagogue, and also a poor one in shabby clothing, 3and you look on the one wearing the fancy clothing and say to him, “You sit well here,” and to the poor one you say, “You stand there or sit here under my footstool,” 4did you not even make a discrimination[5] among yourselves{3} and become judges with evil thoughts?[6] 5Hear, my beloved brothers: Did not God choose the poor of this world{4} to be rich in faith{5} and heirs of the kingdom{6} which He promised to those who love Him.{7} 6But you dishonored the poor one.{8} Do not the rich ones oppress you, and they drag you to court?[7]{9} 7Do not they blaspheme the good name to whom you were called?[8]{10}

8If you indeed fulfill the royal law[9] according to Scripture: “You will love your neighbor as yourself,”{11} you do well. 9But if you show partiality,[10]{12} you work sin, being reproved[11] by the law as transgressors. 10For he who keeps all the law, but stumbles in one,{13} he has become guilty of all.{14} 11For he who said, “Do not commit[12] adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.”{15} But if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you have become a transgressor of law. 12So speak and so do,{16} as though you are[13] about to be judged by the law of freedom. 13For the judgment will be unmerciful to the one not doing mercy; and mercy exults[14] over judgment.{17}

Faith and Works

14What is the profit, my brothers, if anyone claims[15] to have faith, but he has not works?{18} Is the faith able to save him? 15If but a brother or a sister are naked{19} and may be lacking of daily food,{20} 16and if anyone of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what is the profit?[16]{21} 17So indeed faith, if it has not works, is by itself dead.[17]{22}

18But one will say, “You have faith, and I have works.”[18] Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.{23} 19You believe in one God?[19]{24} You do well. The demons also believe and tremble.{25} 20But are you willing to understand,[20] vain man, that faith without works is dead?{26} 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son on the altar?{27} 22You see that faith worked with his work,{28} and by the works,[21] the faith was perfected,{29}[22] 23and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness,”{30} and he was called friend of God.{31} 24You see then that a man is justified by works and not only by faith. 25And likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works,{32} entertaining the messengers and sending them out by another way?{33} 26Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.{34}


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