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James 2

MSG 1 My dear friends, don't let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. ESV 1 My brothers,show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. MSG 2 If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, ESV 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, MSG 3 and you say to the man in the suit, "Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!" and either ignore the street person or say, "Better sit here in the back row," ESV 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place,"while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet," MSG 4 haven't you segregated God's children and proved that you are judges who can't be trusted? ESV 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? MSG 5 Listen, dear friends. Isn't it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world's down-and-out as the kingdom's first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God. ESV 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? MSG 6 And here you are abusing these same citizens! Isn't it the high and mighty who exploit you, who use the courts to rob you blind? ESV 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? MSG 7 Aren't they the ones who scorn the new name - "Christian" - used in your baptisms? ESV 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? MSG 8 You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: "Love others as you love yourself." ESV 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. MSG 9 But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. ESV 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. MSG 10 You can't pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God's law and ignoring others. ESV 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. MSG 11 The same God who said, "Don't commit adultery," also said, "Don't murder." If you don't commit adultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery will cancel out your murder? No, you're a murderer, period. ESV 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. MSG 12 Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. ESV 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. MSG 13 For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time. ESV 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. MSG 14 Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? ESV 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? MSG 15 For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved ESV 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, MSG 16 and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup - where does that get you? ESV 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? MSG 17 Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? ESV 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. MSG 18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, "Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I'll handle the works department." Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. ESV 18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. MSG 19 Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That's just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? ESV 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe--and shudder! MSG 20 Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands? ESV 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? MSG 21 Wasn't our ancestor Abraham "made right with God by works" when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? ESV 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? MSG 22 Isn't it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are "works of faith"? ESV 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; MSG 23 The full meaning of "believe" in the Scripture sentence, "Abraham believed God and was set right with God," includes his action. It's that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named "God's friend." ESV 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"--and he was called a friend of God. MSG 24 Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works? ESV 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. MSG 25 The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn't her action in hiding God's spies and helping them escape - that seamless unity of believing and doing - what counted with God? ESV 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? MSG 26 The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse. ESV 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

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