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|Jas:2:1: My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
Jas:2:2: For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
Jas:2:3: And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
Jas:2:4: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Jas:2:5: Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Jas:2:6: But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Jas:2:7: Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
Jas:2:8: If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Jas:2:9: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
Jas:2:10: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Jas:2:11: For he 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.
Jas:2:12: So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Jas:2:13: For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
Jas:2:14: What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Jas:2:15: If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Jas:2:16: And 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?
Jas:2:17: Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jas:2:18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Jas:2:19: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Jas:2:20: But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Jas:2:21: Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Jas:2:22: Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
Jas:2:23: And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Jas:2:24: Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Jas:2:25: Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
Jas:2:26: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
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