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1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people more than others? 1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.
2 For instance, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in shabby 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 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, "You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor" -- well, 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 doesn't this discrimination show that you are guided by wrong motives? 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn't God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren't they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom 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 And yet, you insult the poor man! Isn't it the rich who oppress you and drag you into 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 Aren't they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord's royal command found in the Scriptures: "Love your neighbor as 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 pay special attention to the rich, you are committing a sin, for you are guilty of breaking that law. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
10 And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God's laws. 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 God who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." So if you murder someone, you have broken the entire law, even if you do not commit adultery. 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 whenever you speak, or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law of love, the law that set you free. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
13 For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you. 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
14 Dear brothers and sisters, what's the use of saying you have faith if you don't prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can't save anyone. 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 you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 and you say, "Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well" -- but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 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 you see, it isn't enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn't show itself by good deeds is no faith at all -- it is dead and useless. 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 Now someone may argue, "Some people have faith; others have good deeds." I say, "I can't see your faith if you don't have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds." 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 still think it's enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
20 Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless? 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?
21 Don't you remember that our ancestor Abraham was declared right with God because of 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 You see, he was trusting God so much that he was willing to do whatever God told him to do. His faith was made complete by what he did -- by 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 so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous." He was even 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 So you see, we are made right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 Rahab the prostitute is another example of this. She was made right with God by her actions -- when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away 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 the body is dead without a spirit, so also faith is dead without good deeds. 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.