James 2:1-13

The Sin of Partiality

1 1My brethren, 2do not hold your faith in our 3glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of 4personal favoritism.
2 For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in 5fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in 6dirty clothes,
3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the 7fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,"
5 Listen, 9my beloved brethren: did not 10God choose the poor of this world to be 11rich in faith and 12heirs of the kingdom which He 13promised to those who love Him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally 14drag you into court?
7 15Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
8 If, however, you 16are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "17YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well.
9 But if you 18show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet 19stumbles in one point, he has become 20guilty of all.
11 For He who said, "21DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also said, "22DO NOT COMMIT MURDER." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by 23the law of liberty.
13 For 24judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
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