The Sin of Partiality

1 1My brethren, 2do not hold your faith in our 3glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of 4personal favoritism.

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2 For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in 5fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in 6dirty clothes,

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    • a 2:2 - Or "synagogue"
    • b 2:2 - Or "bright"
      3 and you pay 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,"

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        • c 2:3 - Lit "look at"
          4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges 8with evil motives?

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            • d 2:4 - Lit "reasonings"
              5 Listen, 9my beloved brethren: did not 10God choose the poor of this world to be 11rich in faith and 12heirs of the kingdom which He 13promised to those who love Him?

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              6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally 14drag you into court?

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                • f 2:6 - Lit "they themselves"
                • g 2:6 - Lit "courts"
                  7 15Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?

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                    • h 2:7 - Lit "which has been called upon you"
                      8 If, however, you 16are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "17YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well.

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                        • i 2:8 - Or "law of" our "King"
                          9 But if you 18show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

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                          10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet 19stumbles in one point, he has become 20guilty of all.

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                          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 law.

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                          12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by 23the law of liberty.

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                          13 For 24judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

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