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1 My brothers, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with partiality. 1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.
2 For if someone enters into your assembly in fine clothing with a gold ring on his finger, and a poor person in filthy clothing also enters, 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 look favorably on the one wearing the fine clothing and you say, "Be seated here in a good place," and to the poor person you say, "You stand or be seated there by my footstool," 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 made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers! Did not God choose the poor of the world [to be] rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love 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 dishonored the poor! Are not the rich exploiting you and they themselves dragging you into the courts? 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 themselves not blaspheme the good name {of the one to whom you belong}? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 However, if you carry out the royal law according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing 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 show partiality, you commit sin, [and thus] are convicted by the law as transgressors. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but stumbles in one [point only] has become guilty of all [of it]. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
11 For the one who said "Do not commit adultery" also said "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 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 Thus speak and thus act as those who are going to be judged by the law of liberty. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
13 For judgment [is] merciless to the one who has not practiced mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
14 What [is] the benefit, my brothers, if someone says [that he] has faith but does not have works? That faith [is] not able to save him, [is it]? 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 poorly clothed and lacking food for the day, 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 and one of you should say to them, "Go in peace, keep warm and {eat well}," but does not give them what is necessary for the body, what [is] the benefit? 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 Thus also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself. 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith 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 believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe, and shudder! 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
20 But do you want to know, O foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works [when he] offered up his son Isaac 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 faith was working together with his works, and by the works the faith was perfected. 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 scripture was fulfilled that says, "And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 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 person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 And likewise was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works [when she] welcomed the messengers and sent [them] out by a different route? 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 just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.