2 My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude ofpersonal favoritism.2 For if a man comes into your [a]assembly with a gold ring and dressed in [b]fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,3 and you [c]pay special attention to the one who is wearing the 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,”4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil [d]motives?5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor [e]of this world to berich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and [f]personally drag you into [g]court?7 Do they not blaspheme the fair name [h]by which you have been called?
8 If, however, you are fulfilling the [i]royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the [j]law as transgressors.
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