2:1 religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, with respect of persons.
2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly garments, and there come in also a poor man in vile garments;
2:3 and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, "Sit thou here in a good place;" and say to the poor, "Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:"
2:4 are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him?
2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy Name by the which ye are called?
2:8 If ye fulfil the royal Law according to the Scripture, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," ye do well:
2:9 but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the Law as transgressors.
2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
2:11 For He that said, "Do not commit adultery," said also, "Do not murder." Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou murder, thou art become a transgressor of the Law.
2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the Law of liberty.
2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?
2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
2:16 and one of you say unto them, "Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;" notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
2:18 Yea, a man may say, "Thou hast faith, and I have works:" shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
2:19 Thou believest that there is One God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the Altar?
2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, "Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:" and he was called the Friend of God.
2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
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