As Believers in our Glorious Lord Jesus Christ,
Don't show Favoritism.
2 Suppose a man cones into your meeting
Wearing as gold ring and fine clothes,
And a Poor man in shabby clothes also come in.
3 If you show Special Attention
To the man wearing fine clothes and say,
'Here's a Good Seat for you,'
but say to the Poor man,
'You stand there' or 'sit on the floor by my feet,'
4 HAVE YOU NOT DISCRIMINATED AMONG YOURSELVES
AND BECOME JUDGES WITH EVIL THOUGHTS?
5 Listen, my dear brothers:
HAS GOD NOT CHOSEN
THOSE WHO ARE POOR IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD
TO BE RICH IN FAITH
AND TO INHERIT THE KINGDOM HE PROMISED
THOSE WHO LOVE HIM?
6 But you have Insulted the Poor.
IS IT NOT THE RICH WHO ARE EXPLOITING YOU?
ARE THEY NOT THE ONES WHO ARE DRAGGING YOU INTO COURT?
ARE THEY NOT THE ONES
WHO ARE SLANDERING THE NOBLE NAME
OF HIM TO WHOM YOU BELONG?
8 If you really Keep the Royal Law found in Scripture,
'LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,'
You are doing Right.
9 BUT IF YOU SHOW FAVORITISM,
YOU SIN AND ARE CONVICTED BY THE LAW AS LAWBREAKERS.
10 FOR WHOEVER KEEPS THE WHOLE LAW
AND YET STUMBLES IN JUST ONE POINT
IS GUILTY OF BREAKING ALL OF IT.
11 For He who said , 'Do not Commit Adultery,'
Also said,'Do not Commit Murder.'
If you do not Commit Adultery
But do Commit Murder,
You have become a Lawbreaker.
12 SPEAK AND ACT
AS THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED
BY THE LAW THAT GIVES FREEDOM,
13 BECAUSE JUDGMENT WITHOUT MERCY
WILL BE SHOWN TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT BEEN MERCIFUL.
MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT!
Faith And Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers,
If a man claims to have Faith
BUT HAS NO DEEDS?
CAN SUCH A FAITH SAVE HIM?
15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 If one of you says to him,
'God, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,'
But does nothing about his Physical needs,
WHAT GOOD IS IT?
17 IN THE SAME WAY, FAITH ITSELF,
IF IT IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION, IS DEAD.
18 But someone will say,
'You have Faith; I have Deeds.'
SHOW ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT DEEDS,
AND I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY WHAT I DO.
YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONE GOD.
EVEN THE DEMONS BELIEVE THAT--
20 You Foolish man,
Do you want Evidence that Faith without Deeds is Useless?
21 Was not our Ancestor Abraham considered Righteous
For what he did
When he offered his son Isaac on the Alter?
YOU SEE THAT HIS FAITH AND HIS ACTIONS
WERE WORKING TOGETHER,
AND HIS FAITH WAS MADE COMPLETE BY WHAT HE DID .
23 And the scripture was fulfilled tat says,
'ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD,
AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,'
AND HE WAS CALLED GOD'S FRIEND.
24 YOU SEE A PERSON IS JUSTIFIED BY WHAT HE DOES
AND NOT BY FAITH ALONE.
25 In the same way,
Was not even Rahab the Prostitute considered Righteous
For what she did when she gave lodging to the Spies
And sent them off in a different direction?
26 AS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD,
SO FAITH WITHOUT DEEDS IS DEAD.