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Parallel Bible results for James 2:1-13

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James 2:1-13

ESV 1 My brothers,show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. MSG 1 My dear friends, don't let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. 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 2 If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, 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 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 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? MSG 4 haven't you segregated God's children and proved that you are judges who can't be trusted? 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 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 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 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 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? MSG 7 Aren't they the ones who scorn the new name - "Christian" - used in your baptisms? 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 8 You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: "Love others as you love yourself." ESV 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. MSG 9 But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. ESV 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 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 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 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 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. MSG 12 Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. ESV 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 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.

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