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1 My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons. 1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.
2 For if there come into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile 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 ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under 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 Do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world [to be] rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that 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 ye have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats? 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 not they blaspheme the honorable name by which ye are called? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 Howbeit if ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye 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 ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one [point], he is become guilty of 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 that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou dost not commit adultery, but killest, thou art 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 So speak ye, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a 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] without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment. 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him? 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 sister be naked and in lack of daily food, 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 and one of you say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body; what doth it profit? 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, if it have not works, is dead in itself. 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from [thy] works, and I by my works will show thee [my] faith. 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 Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
22 Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect; 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 which saith, And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness; and he was called 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 Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out 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 apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead. 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.