2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old 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 judges with evil thoughts?
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5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?
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7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming 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,”a you are doing right.
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9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
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10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
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11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”b also said, “You shall not murder.”c If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
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    • c 2:11 - Exodus 20:14; Deut. 5:18
    • d 2:11 - Exodus 20:13; Deut. 5:17
      12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
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