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James 2:1-11 (New International Version)

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Favoritism Forbidden

1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious1 Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.2 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges3 with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my dear brothers:4 Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world5 to be rich in faith6 and to inherit the kingdom7 he promised those who love him?8 6 But you have insulted the poor.9 Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?10 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself,"a11 you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism,12 you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.13 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles14 at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.15 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery,"b16 also said, "Do not murder."c17 If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
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