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American King James Version
A Warning against Favoritism
1My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2For if there come to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3And you have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say to him, Sit you here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand you there, or sit here under my footstool:
4Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5Listen, my beloved brothers, 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?
6But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which you are called?
8If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well:
9But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11For 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.
12So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
Faith and Works
(Genesis 15:1-7; Romans 4:1-12; Galatians 3:1-9; Hebrews 11:8-19)
14What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16And one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit?
17Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
18Yes, 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.
19You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar?
22See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.