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But if you are treating one person as if he were more important than another, then you are sinning. That royal law proves that you are guilty of breaking God’s law. 10 A person might follow all of God’s law. But if he fails to obey even one command, he is guilty of breaking all the commands in that law. 11 God said, “You must not be guilty of adultery.”[a] The same God also said, “You must not murder anyone.”[b] So if you do not take part in adultery, but you murder someone, then you are guilty of breaking all of God’s law.

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  1. 2:11 “You . . . adultery.” Quotation from Exodus 20:14 and Deuteronomy 5:18.
  2. 2:11 “You . . . anyone.” Quotation from Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17.

But if you show favoritism,(A) you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.(B) 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles(C) at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.(D) 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[a](E) also said, “You shall not murder.”[b](F) If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

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  1. James 2:11 Exodus 20:14; Deut. 5:18
  2. James 2:11 Exodus 20:13; Deut. 5:17

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