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Warning against Partiality

My brothers and sisters,[a] do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?[b] For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,”[c] have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

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Footnotes

  1. James 2:1 Gk My brothers
  2. James 2:1 Or hold the faith of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ without acts of favoritism
  3. James 2:3 Gk Sit under my footstool

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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