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James 2 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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The Sin of Partiality

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:1 -

My brothers and sisters, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:2 - For if a man comes into your [fn]assembly with a gold ring and is dressed in bright clothes, and a poor man in dirty clothes also comes in,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:3 - and you [fn]pay special attention to the one who is wearing the bright clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:4 - have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil [fn]motives?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:5 - Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: did God not choose the poor [fn]of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:6 - But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and [fn]personally drag you into [fn]court?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:7 - Do they not blaspheme the good name [fn]by which you have been called?
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If, however, you are fulfilling the [fn]royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:9 - But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as violators.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:10 - For whoever keeps the whole Law, yet stumbles in one point, has become guilty of all.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:11 - For He who said, “DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” also said, “DO NOT MURDER.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do murder, you have become a violator of the Law.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:12 - So speak, and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:13 - For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy [fn]triumphs over judgment.

Faith and Works

(cf. Gen 22; Jos 2 )
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What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can [fn]that faith save him?

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:15 - If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:16 - and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, [fn]be warmed and be filled,” yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:17 - In the same way, faith also, if it has no works, is [fn]dead, being by itself.
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But someone [fn]may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:19 - You believe that [fn]God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:20 - But are you willing to acknowledge, you foolish person, that faith without works is useless?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:21 - Was our father Abraham not justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:22 - You see that faith was working with his works, and [fn]as a result of the works, faith was [fn]perfected;
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:23 - and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called a friend of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:24 - You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:25 - In the same way, was Rahab the prostitute not justified by works also when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:26 - For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
NASB20 Footnotes
Or synagogue
Lit look at
Lit reasonings
Lit to the
Lit they themselves
Lit courts
Lit which has been called upon you
Or law of our King
Lit boasts against
Lit the
Or warm yourselves and fill yourselves
Or dead by its own standards
Lit will
One early ms there is one God
Or by the deeds
Or completed

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