James 2 (New American Standard)

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The Sin of Partiality

1 1My brethren, 2do not hold your faith in our 3glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of 4personal favoritism. 2 For if a man comes into your aassembly with a gold ring and dressed in b5fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in 6dirty clothes, 3 and you cpay special attention to the one who is wearing the 7fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool," 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges 8with evil dmotives ? 5 Listen, 9my beloved brethren : did not 10God choose the poor eof this world to be 11rich in faith and 12heirs of the kingdom which He 13promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and fpersonally 14drag you into gcourt ? 7 15Do they not blaspheme the fair name hby which you have been called ? 8 If, however, you 16are fulfilling the iroyal law according to the Scripture, "17YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well. 9 But if you 18show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the jlaw as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole klaw and yet 19stumbles in one point, he has become 20guilty of all. 11 For He who said, "21DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also said, "22DO NOT COMMIT MURDER." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the llaw. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by 23the law of liberty. 13 For 24judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy ; mercy mtriumphs over judgment.

Faith and Works

14 25What use is it, 26my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works ? Can nthat faith save him? 15 27If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 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, what use is that? 17 Even so 29faith, if it has no works, is pdead, being by itself. 18 30But someone qmay well say, "You have faith and I have works ; show me your 31faith without the works, and I will 32show you my faith 33by my works." 19 You believe that r34God is one. 35You do well ; 36the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, 37you foolish fellow, that 38faith without works is useless ? 21 39Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar ? 22 You see that 40faith was working with his works, and sas a result of the 41works, faith was tperfected ; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "42AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called 43the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not 44Rahab the harlot also justified by works 45when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way ? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also 46faith without works is dead.
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