8 If, however, you are [really] fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, if you have an unselfish concern for others and do things for their benefit]” you are doing well.9 But if you show partiality [prejudice, favoritism], you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as offenders.10 For whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of [breaking] all of it.11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you have become [a]guilty of transgressing the [entire] Law.12 Speak and act [consistently] as people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty [that moral law that frees obedient Christians from the bondage of sin].
5 Come [quickly] now, you rich [who lack true faith and hoard and misuse your resources], weep and howl over the miseries [the woes, the judgments] that are coming upon you.2 Your wealth has rotted and is ruined and your [fine] clothes have become moth-eaten.3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. You have stored up your treasure in the last days [when it will do you no good].4 Look! The wages that you have [fraudulently] withheld from the laborers who have mowed your fields are crying out [against you for vengeance]; and the cries of the harvesters have come to the ears of [a]the Lord of Sabaoth.5 On the earth you have lived luxuriously and abandoned yourselves to soft living and led a life of wanton pleasure [self-indulgence, self-gratification]; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.6 You have condemned and have put to death the righteous man; he offers you no resistance.
James 5:4The Lord of Hosts; Sovereign God; Lord of the armies of heaven and earth.
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