James 2:5-15 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.