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The Sin of Partiality

1 My R57 brethren, do R58 not hold your faith in our glorious R59 Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal R60 favoritism. 2 For if a man comes into your assembly F30 with a gold ring and dressed in fine R61 F31 clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty R62 clothes, 3 and you pay F32 special attention to the one who is wearing the fine R63 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 with R64 evil motives? F33 5 Listen, my R65 beloved brethren: did not God R66 choose the poor of F34 this world to be rich R67 in faith and heirs R68 of the kingdom which He promised R69 to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally F35 drag R70 you into court? F36 7 Do R71 they not blaspheme the fair name by F37 which you have been called?

8 If, however, you are R72 fulfilling the royal F38 law according to the Scripture, "YOU R73 SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well. 9 But if you show R74 partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law F39 as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law F40 and yet stumbles R75 in one point, he has become guilty R76 of all. 11 For He who said, "DO R77 NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also said, "DO R78 NOT COMMIT MURDER." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. F41 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the R79 law of liberty. 13 For judgment R80 will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs F42 over judgment.

Faith and Works

14 What R81 use is it, my R82 brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that F43 faith save him? 15 If R83 a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go R84 in peace, be F44 warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, R85 if it has no works, is dead, F45 being by itself.

18 But R86 someone may F46 well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith R87 without the works, and I will show R88 you my faith by R89 my works." 19 You believe that God R90 F47 is one. You R91 do well; the R92 demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you R93 foolish fellow, that faith R94 without works is useless? 21 Was R95 not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith R96 was working with his works, and as F48 a result of the works, R97 faith was perfected; F49 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND R98 ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the R99 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 Rahab R100 the harlot also justified by works when R101 she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith R102 without works is dead.


FOOTNOTES:
F30: Or synagogue
F31: Or bright
F32: Lit look at
F33: Lit reasonings
F34: Lit to the
F35: Lit they themselves
F36: Lit courts
F37: Lit which has been called upon you
F38: Or law of our King
F39: Or Law
F40: Or Law
F41: Or Law
F42: Lit boasts against
F43: Lit the
F44: Or warm yourselves and fill yourselves
F45: Or dead by its own standards
F46: Lit will
F47: One early ms reads there is one God
F48: Or by the deeds
F49: Or completed

CROSS REFERENCES:
R57: James 1:16
R58: Hebrews 12:2
R59: Acts 7:2; 1 Corinthians 2:8
R60: Acts 10:34; James 2:9
R61: Luke 23:11; James 2:3
R62: Zechariah 3:3f
R63: Luke 23:11
R64: Luke 18:6; John 7:24
R65: James 1:16
R66: Job 1:34:19; 1 Corinthians 1:27f
R67: Luke 12:21; Revelation 2:9
R68: Matthew 5:3; 25:34
R69: James 1:12
R70: Acts 8:3; 16:19
R71: Acts 11:26; 1 Peter 4:16
R72: Matthew 7:12
R73: Leviticus 19:18
R74: Acts 10:34; James 2:1
R75: James 3:2; 2 Peter 1:10; Jude 1:24
R76: Matthew 5:19; Galatians 5:3
R77: Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18
R78: Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17
R79: James 1:25
R80: Proverbs 21:13; Matthew 5:7; 18:32-35; Luke 6:37f
R81: James 1:22ff
R82: James 1:16
R83: Matthew 25:35f; Luke 3:11
R84: 1 John 3:17f
R85: Galatians 5:6; James 2:20,26
R86: Romans 9:19
R87: Romans 3:28; 4:6; Hebrews 11:33
R88: James 3:13
R89: Matthew 7:16f; Galatians 5:6
R90: Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29
R91: James 2:8
R92: Matthew 8:29; Mark 1:24; 5:7; Luke 4:34; Acts 19:15
R93: Romans 9:20; 1 Corinthians 15:36
R94: Galatians 5:6; James 2:17,26
R95: Genesis 22:9,10,12,16-18
R96: John 6:29; Hebrews 11:17
R97: 1 Thessalonians 1:3
R98: Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3
R99: 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8
R100: Hebrews 11:31
R101: Joshua 2:4,6,15
R102: Galatians 5:6; James 2:17,20

 
 

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