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JAMES · Chapter 2
2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord
of glory, with respect of persons.
2:2 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;
2:3 And all of you have respect to him that wears the cheerful clothing, and say unto him, Sit you here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand you there, or sit here under my footstool:
2:4 Are all of you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?
2:6 But all of you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which all of you are called?
2:8 If all of you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbour as yourself, all of you do well:
2:9 But if all of you have respect to persons, all of you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law.
2:12 So speak all of you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be all of you warmed and filled; notwithstanding all of you give them not those things which are necessary to the body; what does it profit?
2:17 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
2:18 Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
2:22 See you how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
2:24 All of you see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
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