James 2 (PKJV)

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  • 1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with personal favoritism.
  • 2 Because, if there should come into your assembly a man with a gold ring, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
  • 3 and you have respect to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor person, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”
  • 4 have you not shown personal favoritism among yourselves, and have become judges with evil thoughts?
  • 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God also chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
  • 6 But you have despised the poor. Do not also the rich oppress you and drag you before the courts?
  • 7 Do they not blaspheme that worthy name by which you are called?
  • 8 If you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;
  • 9 but if you show personal favoritism, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
  • 10 Because, whoever shall keep the entire law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
  • 11 Because, He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
  • 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
  • 13 Because, judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. And mercy triumphs over judgment.
  • 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
  • 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
  • 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
  • 17 So likewise faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
  • 18 Yes, someone 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.
  • 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe, and tremble!
  • 20 But do you want to know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
  • 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
  • 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
  • 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness.” And he was called the Friend of God.
  • 24 You see then how that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
  • 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
  • 26 Because, as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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