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1 My brothers, if you have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory, do not take a man's position into account. 1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.
2 For if a man comes into your Synagogue in fair clothing and with a gold ring, and a poor man comes in with dirty clothing, 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in.
3 And you do honour to the man in fair clothing and say, Come here and take this good place; and you say to the poor man, Take up your position there, or be seated at my feet; 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 Is there not a division in your minds? have you not become judges with evil thoughts? 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Give ear, my dear brothers; are not those who are poor in the things of this world marked out by God to have faith as their wealth, and for their heritage the kingdom which he has said he will give to those who have love for him? 5 Listen, my dear brothers: 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 put the poor man to shame. Are not the men of wealth rulers over you? do they not take you by force before their judges? 6 But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?
7 Do they not say evil of the holy name which was given to you? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 But if you keep the greatest law of all, as it is given in the holy Writings, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself, you do well: 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right.
9 But if you take a man's position into account, you do evil, and are judged as evil-doers by the law. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
10 For anyone who keeps all the law, but makes a slip in one point, is judged to have gone against it all. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
11 For he who said, Do not be untrue in married life, is the same who said, Put no man to death. Now if you are not untrue in married life, but you put a man to death, the law is broken. 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
12 Let your words and your acts be those of men who are to be judged by the law which makes free. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
13 For the man who has had no mercy will be judged without mercy, but mercy takes pride in overcoming judging. 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
14 What use is it, my brothers, for a man to say that he has faith, if he does nothing? will such a faith give him salvation? 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
15 If a brother or a sister is without clothing and in need of the day's food, 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 And one of you says to them, Go in peace, be warm and full of food; but you do not give them the things of which their bodies have need, what profit is there in this? 16 If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
17 Even so faith without works is dead. 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
19 You have the belief that God is one, and you do well: the evil spirits have the same belief, shaking with fear. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
20 Do you not see, O foolish man, that faith without works is of no use? 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?
21 Was not the righteousness of Abraham our father judged by his works, when he made an offering of Isaac his son on the altar? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
22 You see that his faith was helping his works and was made complete by them; 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
23 And the holy Writings were put into effect which said, And Abraham had faith in God and it was put to his account as righteousness; and he was named the friend of God. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend.
24 You see that a man's righteousness is judged by his works and not by his faith only. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 And in the same way, was not the righteousness of Rahab, the loose woman, judged by her works, when she took into her house those who were sent and let them go out by another way? 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead even so faith without works is dead. 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.