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 judges1 with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers:2 Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world3 to be rich in faith4 and to inherit the kingdom5 he promised those who love him?66
But you have insulted the poor.7 Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?87
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,"a9 you are doing right.
But if you show favoritism,10 you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.1110
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles12 at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.1311
For he who said, "Do not commit adultery,"b14 also said, "Do not murder."c15 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 judged16 by the law that gives freedom,1713
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.18 Mercy triumphs over judgment!