- My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons.
- For if there come into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile clothing;
- and ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place;
and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool;
- Do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
- Hearken, my beloved brethren;
did not God choose them that are poor as to the world [to be] rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him?
- But ye have dishonored the poor man.
Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats?
- Do not they blaspheme the honorable name by which ye are called?
- Howbeit if ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:
- but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
- For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one [point], he is become guilty of all.
- For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.
Now if thou dost not commit adultery, but killest, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
- So speak ye, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a law of liberty.
- For judgment [is] without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment.
- What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works?
can that faith save him?
- If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food,
- and one of you say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled;
and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body;
what doth it profit?
- Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
- Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from [thy] works, and I by my works will show thee [my] faith.
- Thou believest that God is one;
thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder.
- But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?
- Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar?
- Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect;
- and the scripture was fulfilled which saith, And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness;
and he was called the friend of God.
- Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.
- And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way?
- For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.