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1 My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance. 1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.
2 Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. 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 If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, "Have this best seat here," but say to the poor man, "Stand over there, or sit here on the floor by 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 then you are guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making judgments based on evil motives. 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear friends! God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith and to possess the kingdom which he 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 dishonor the poor! Who are the ones who oppress you and drag you before the judges? The rich! 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 They are the ones who speak evil of that good name which has been given to you. 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 You will be doing the right thing if you obey the law of the Kingdom, which is found in the scripture, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right.
9 But if you treat people according to their outward appearance, you are guilty of sin, and the Law condemns you as a lawbreaker. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
10 Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
11 For the same one who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not commit murder." Even if you do not commit adultery, you have become a lawbreaker if you commit murder. 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 Speak and act as people who will be judged by the law that sets us free. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
13 For God will not show mercy when he judges the person who has not been merciful; but mercy triumphs over judgment. 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
14 My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it? Can that faith save you? 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
15 Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don't have enough to eat. 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 What good is there in your saying to them, "God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!" - if you don't give them the necessities of life? 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 So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead. 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, "One person has faith, another has actions." My answer is, "Show me how anyone can have faith without actions. I will show you my faith by my actions." 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 Do you believe that there is only one God? Good! The demons also believe - and tremble with fear. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
20 You fool! Do you want to be shown that faith without actions is useless? 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?
21 How was our ancestor Abraham put right with God? It was through his actions, when he offered 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 Can't you see? His faith and his actions worked together; his faith was made perfect through his actions. 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 came true that said, "Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous." And so Abraham 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, then, that it is by our actions that we are put right with God, and not by our faith alone. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 It was the same with the prostitute Rahab. She was put right with God through her actions, by welcoming the Israelite spies and helping them to escape by a different road. 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 So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, also faith without actions is dead. 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.