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Chapter 2



1: My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

2: For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

3: And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:

4: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

5: Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

6: But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before thejudgment seats?

7: Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

8: If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Lev 19:18 Matt 5:43Matt 19:19Matt 22:39Mark 12:31Rom 13:9Gal 5:14

9: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

10: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Deut 27:26Gal 3:10

11: For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
Exod 20:14,13

12: So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

13: For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

14: What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15: If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16: And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

17: Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

19: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20: But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21: Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22: Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23: And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was calledthe Friend of God.
Gen 15:6 Rom 4:3Gal 3:6 Isa 41:8

24: Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25: Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and hadsent them out another way?

26: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
James 3