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James 2:1-13 (English Standard Version)

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The Sin of Partiality

1 My brothers,a1show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, 2the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place,"3while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet," 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become 4judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, 5has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be 6rich in faith and heirs of 7the kingdom, 8which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you 9have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who 10drag you 11into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable 12name by which you were called? 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 13"You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. 9 But if you 14show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point 15has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, 16"Do not commit adultery," also said, 17"Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under 18the law of liberty. 13 For 19judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
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