19 [a]Thisyou know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak andslow to anger;20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all[b]that remains of wickedness, in [c]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [d]natural face in a mirror;24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [e]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [f]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [g]what he does.
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [h]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [i]by the world.
The Sin of Partiality
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 [j]assembly with a gold ring and dressed in [k]fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,3 and you [l]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 [m]motives?5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor [n]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 [o]personally drag you into [p]court?7 Do they not blaspheme the fair name [q]by which you have been called?
8 If, however, you are fulfilling the [r]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 [s]law as transgressors.10 For whoever keeps the whole [t]law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the [u]law.12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy [v]triumphs over judgment.
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