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1 My dear brothers and sisters, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, never think some people are more important than others. 1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.
2 Suppose someone comes into your church meeting wearing nice clothes and a gold ring. At the same time a poor person comes in wearing old, dirty clothes. 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 You show special attention to the one wearing nice clothes and say, "Please, sit here in this good seat." But you say to the poor person, "Stand over there," or, "Sit 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 What are you doing? You are making some people more important than others, and with evil thoughts you are deciding that one person is better. 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! God chose the poor in the world to be rich with faith and to receive the kingdom God 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 show no respect to the poor. The rich are always trying to control your lives. They are the ones who take you to court. 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 And they are the ones who speak against Jesus, who owns you. 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 This royal law is found in the Scriptures: "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." If you obey this law, you are doing right. 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 one person as being more important than another, you are sinning. You are guilty of breaking God's law. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
10 A person who follows all of God's law but fails to obey even one command is guilty of breaking all the commands in that law. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
11 The same God who said, "You must not be guilty of adultery," also said, "You must not murder anyone." So if you do not take part in adultery but you murder someone, you are guilty of breaking all of God's 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 In everything you say and do, remember that you will be judged by the law that makes people free. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
13 So you must show mercy to others, or God will not show mercy to you when he judges you. But the person who shows mercy can stand without fear at the judgment. 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
14 My brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them? 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
15 A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food. 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 If you say to that person, "God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat," but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing. 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 In the same way, faith that is alone -- that does nothing -- is dead. 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 Someone might say, "You have faith, but I have deeds." Show me your faith without doing anything, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 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 there is one God. Good! But the demons believe that, too, and they tremble with fear. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
20 You foolish person! Must you be shown that faith that does nothing is worth nothing? 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?
21 Abraham, our ancestor, was made right with God by what he did 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 So you see that Abraham's faith and the things he did worked together. His faith was made perfect by what he did. 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
23 This shows the full meaning of the Scripture that says: "Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham's faith, and that faith made him right with God." And 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 So you see that people are made right with God by what they do, not by faith only. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 Another example is Rahab, a prostitute, who was made right with God by something she did. She welcomed the spies into her home and helped them 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 Just as a person's body that does not have a spirit is dead, so faith that does nothing is dead! 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.