James 2

Translation of the Greek Text

1 My brothers, do not show partiality while having the faith of our Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. 2 For if a man with a gold ring and bright clothing enters into your synagogue, and a poor man in dirty clothing also enters, 3 and you look upon the one wearing the bright clothes and say “You sit here in the good spot,” and to the one in poor clothes, “You stand there or sit under my footstool,” 4 Did you not discriminate among yourselves and become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and inheritors of the kingdom which He promised to the those loving Him?  6 But you dishonored the poor. Do not the rich oppress you, and do they drag you into courts? 7 Do not they blaspheme the good name by which you were called?

8 For if you are fulfilling the royal law according to Scripture, “You should love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But, if you are showing partialities, you are working sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever will keep the law, but fall in one, are being guilty of all. 11 For one said, “You should not commit adultery,” also said, “You should not commit murder.” But if you are not committing adultery, but you are committing murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so do as being about to be judged through a law of liberty. 13 For the judgment is without mercy to the one who has not done mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 14 What is the profit, my brothers, if someone says he has a faith, but has not works? Can this faith same him? 15 If a brother or sister is unclothed and lacking daily food, 16 but one of you say to them, “Go in peace, make yourself warmed and filled,” but do not give them the needful things of the body, what is the profit? 17 And so faith, if it does not have works, is dead according to him.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from works, and I will show you my works out of my faith. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. The devils also believe and tremble. 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is idle? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the alter? 22 You see that faith was working together with his works and faith was completed by his works, 23 and the Scriptures were fulfilled that said, “Abraham believed God, and righteousness was imputed to him, and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Posted by Jacob Abshire on October 2nd, 2010 - 6:01 am
Categories: Commentaries,James

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