My brothers, as believers in our glorious1 Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.22
Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in.
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,"
have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges3 with evil thoughts?
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?86
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?107
Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself,"a11 you are doing right.
But if you show favoritism,12 you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.1310
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles14 at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.1511
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.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged18 by the law that gives freedom,1913
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.20 Mercy triumphs over judgment!
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?21 Can such faith save him?
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.2216
If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?2317
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.24