11My brethren, 2do not hold your faith in our 3gloriousLordJesusChrist with an attitude of 4personalfavoritism.
For if a mancomes into your aassembly with a goldring and dressed in b5fineclothes, and there alsocomes in a poorman in 6dirtyclothes,
and you cpayspecialattention to the one who is wearing the 7fineclothes, and say, "You sithere in a good place," and you say to the poorman, "You standoverthere, orsitdown by my footstool,"
have you not madedistinctionsamongyourselves, and becomejudges8with evildmotives ?
5Listen, 9my belovedbrethren : did not 10Godchoose the pooreof thisworld to be 11rich in faith and 12heirs of the kingdomwhich He 13promised to those who love Him?
But you have dishonored the poorman. Is it not the rich who oppress you and fpersonally14drag you into gcourt ?
715Do they not blaspheme the fairnamehby which you have been called ?
8If, however, you 16are fulfilling the iroyallawaccording to the Scripture, "17YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doingwell.
But if you 18showpartiality, you are committingsin and are convicted by the jlaw as transgressors.
For whoeverkeeps the wholeklaw and yet19stumbles in one point, he has become20guilty of all.
For He who said, "21DO NOT COMMITADULTERY," alsosaid, "22DO NOT COMMITMURDER." Nowif you do not commitadultery, but do commitmurder, you have become a transgressor of the llaw.
12Sospeak and soact as those who are to be judged by 23the law of liberty.
For 24judgment will be merciless to one who has shownnomercy ; mercymtriumphsoverjudgment.
1425Whatuse is it, 26my brethren, ifsomeonesays he hasfaith but he hasnoworks ? Cannthat faithsave him?
1527If a brotherorsister is withoutclothing and in need of dailyfood,
and one of you says to them, "28Go in peace, obe warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, whatuse is that?
17Evenso29faith, if it hasnoworks, is pdead, being by itself.
1830But someoneqmay well say, "You havefaith and I haveworks ; show me your 31faithwithout the works, and I will 32show you my faith33by my works."
You believe that r34God is one. 35You dowell ; 36the demonsalsobelieve, and shudder.
But are you willing to recognize, 37you foolishfellow, that 38faithwithoutworks is useless ?
2139Was not Abraham our fatherjustified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar ?
You see that 40faith was working with his works, and sas a result of the 41works, faith was tperfected ;
and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "42AND ABRAHAMBELIEVEDGOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called43the friend of God.
You see that a man is justified by works and not by faithalone.
In the sameway, was not 44Rahab the harlotalsojustified by works45when she received the messengers and sent them out by anotherway ?
For just as the bodywithout the spirit is dead, soalso46faithwithoutworks is dead.