1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
1 My brothers, do not let your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be tainted by favoritism.
1 My fellow believers, do not practice your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of partiality [toward people—show no favoritism, no prejudice, no snobbery].
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
2 For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in.
2 Suppose a man wearing gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor man in dirty clothes also comes in.
3 and you (c)pay special attention to the one who is wearing the (G)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,”
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:
3 If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor man, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,”
3 If you give special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Please take this seat," but you say to the poor man, "Stand over there" or "Sit on the floor at my feet,"
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
4 haven’t you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
4 then you will have made false distinctions among yourselves and will have judged from evil motives, will you not?
4 have you not discriminated among yourselves, and become judges with wrong motives?
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?
5 Listen, my dear brothers! God has chosen the poor in the world to become rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who keep on loving him, has he not?
5 Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and [as believers to be] heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
6 But you have humiliated the man who is poor. Are not rich people the ones who oppress you and drag you into court?
6 But you [in contrast] have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress and exploit you, and personally drag you into the courts of law?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
7 Are not they the ones who blaspheme the noble Name by which you have been called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
8 Nevertheless, you are doing the right thing if you obey the royal Law in keeping with the Scripture, "You must love your neighbor as yourself."
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and will be convicted by the Law as violators.
9 But if you show partiality [prejudice, favoritism], you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as offenders.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
10 For whoever keeps the whole Law but fails in one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
10 For whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of [breaking] all of it.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
11 For the one who said, "Never commit adultery," also said, "Never murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you become a violator of the Law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
12 You must make it your habit to speak and act like people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty.
12 Speak and act [consistently] as people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty [that moral law that frees obedient Christians from the bondage of sin].
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
13 For the one who has shown no mercy will be judged without mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; but [to the one who has shown mercy] mercy triumphs [victoriously] over judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
14 What good does it do, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but does not prove it with actions? This kind of faith cannot save him, can it?
14 What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind of] faith save him? [No, a mere claim of faith is not sufficient—genuine faith produces good works.]
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
15 If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food
15 Suppose a brother or sister does not have any clothes or daily food
15 If a brother or sister is without [adequate] clothing and lacks [enough] food for each day,
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?
16 and one of you tells them, "Go in peace! Stay warm and eat heartily." If you do not provide for their bodily needs, what good does it do?
16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace [with my blessing], [keep] warm and feed yourselves,” but he does not give them the necessities for the body, what good does that do?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
17 In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead.
17 So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].
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.
18 But someone may say, "You have faith, and I have actions." Show me your faith without any actions, and I will show you my faith by my actions.
18 But someone may say, “You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith by my works [that is, by what I do].”
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
19 You believe that there is one God. That's fine! Even the demons believe that and tremble with fear.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
20 Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?
20 Do you want proof, you foolish person, that faith without actions is worthless?
20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish [spiritually shallow] person, that faith without [good] works is useless?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
21 Our ancestor Abraham was justified by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar, wasn't he?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
22 You see that his faith worked together with what he did, and by his actions his faith was made complete.
22 You see that [his] faith was working together with his works, and as a result of the works, his faith was completed [reaching its maturity when he expressed his faith through obedience].
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.
23 And so the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." And so he was called God's friend.
24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
24 You observe that a person is justified through actions and not through faith alone.
24 You see that a man (believer) is justified by works and not by faith alone [that is, by acts of obedience a born-again believer reveals his faith].
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
25 Likewise, Rahab the prostitute was justified through actions when she welcomed the messengers and sent them away on a different road, wasn't she?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without actions is also dead.
26 For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.
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