For if a man comes into your [a]assembly with a gold ring and dressed in [b](A)fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in (B)dirty clothes, and you [c]pay special attention to the one who is wearing the (C)fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges (D)with evil [d]motives? Listen, (E)my beloved brethren: did not (F)God choose the poor [e]of this world to be (G)rich in faith and (H)heirs of the kingdom which He (I)promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and [f]personally (J)drag you into [g]court? (K)Do they not blaspheme the fair name [h]by which you have been called?

If, however, you (L)are fulfilling the [i]royal law according to the Scripture, “(M)You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

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Footnotes

  1. James 2:2 Or synagogue
  2. James 2:2 Or bright
  3. James 2:3 Lit look at
  4. James 2:4 Lit reasonings
  5. James 2:5 Lit to the
  6. James 2:6 Lit they themselves
  7. James 2:6 Lit courts
  8. James 2:7 Lit which has been called upon you
  9. James 2:8 Or law of our King