James 2 ©

1 It is not agreeable to the Christian profession to regard the rich, and despise the poor. 10 The guilt of any one breach of the law. 13 The obligation to mercy. 14 Faith without works is dead. 20 We are justified, as Abraham and Rahab were, by works, and not by faith only.


MY brethren, have not athe faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, bthe Lord of glory, with crespect of persons.


For if there come unto your 1assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly *apparel, and there come in also a poor man in *vile raiment;


dAnd ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here 2in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:


eAre ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?


Hearken, fmy beloved brethren, gHath not God chosen the poor of this world hrich in faith, and iheirs of 3the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?


But jye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?


kDo not they blaspheme that worthy name lby the which ye are called?


If ye fulfil the mroyal law according to the scripture, nThou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:


oBut if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are *convinced of the law as transgressors.


pFor whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.


qFor 4he 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.


rSo speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by sthe law of liberty.


tFor he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy u5rejoiceth against judgment.


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


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


wAnd 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?


xEven so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being 6alone.


Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith 7without thy works, and yI will shew thee my faith by my works.


zThou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also abelieve, and tremble.


But wilt thou know, bO vain man, that cfaith without works is dead?


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


8Seest thou ehow faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?


And fthe scripture was fulfilled which saith, gAbraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called hthe Friend of God.

f v.8.

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


Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot jjustified by works, kwhen she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?


For as the body without the 9spirit is dead, so lfaith without works is dead also.