2 1My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2For if there come into your
synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a
poor man in vile clothing;
3and ye have regard to him that weareth the
fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor
man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool;
4Do ye not make
distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as
to the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he
promised to them that love him?
6But ye have dishonored the poor man. Do
not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats?
7Do not they blaspheme the honorable name by which ye are called?
8Howbeit if ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:
9but if ye have respect
of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one
point, he is become guilty of all.
11For he that said, Do not
commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou dost not commit
adultery, but killest, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
speak ye, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a law of liberty.
13For judgment is without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy:
mercy glorieth against judgment.
14What doth it profit, my brethren, if a
man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him?
a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food,
16and one of you
say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; and yet ye give them not
the things needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17Even so faith, if
it have not works, is dead in itself.
18Yea, a man will say, Thou hast
faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and
I by my works will show thee my faith.
19Thou believest that God
is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder.
thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?
Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son
upon the altar?
22Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by
works was faith made perfect;
23and the scripture was fulfilled which
saith, And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for
righteousness; and he was called the friend of God.
24Ye see that by
works a man is justified, and not only by faith.
25And in like manner was
not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the
messengers, and sent them out another way?
26For as the body apart from
the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.