Thematic Bible

James 2:1 (show verse)

My brothers, do not let your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be tainted by favoritism.

James 2:2 (show verse)

Suppose a man wearing gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor man in dirty clothes also comes in.

James 2:3 (show verse)

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,"

James 2:4 (show verse)

then you will have made false distinctions among yourselves and will have judged from evil motives, will you not?

James 2:5 (show verse)

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?

James 2:6 (show verse)

But you have humiliated the man who is poor. Are not rich people the ones who oppress you and drag you into court?

James 2:7 (show verse)

Are not they the ones who blaspheme the noble Name by which you have been called?

James 2:8 (show verse)

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."

James 2:9 (show verse)

But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and will be convicted by the Law as violators.

James 2:10 (show verse)

For whoever keeps the whole Law but fails in one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

James 2:11 (show verse)

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.

James 2:12 (show verse)

You must make it your habit to speak and act like people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty.

James 2:13 (show verse)

For the one who has shown no mercy will be judged without mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

James 2:14 (show verse)

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?

James 2:15 (show verse)

Suppose a brother or sister does not have any clothes or daily food

James 2:16 (show verse)

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?

James 2:17 (show verse)

In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead.

James 2:18 (show verse)

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.

James 2:19 (show verse)

You believe that there is one God. That's fine! Even the demons believe that and tremble with fear.

James 2:20 (show verse)

Do you want proof, you foolish person, that faith without actions is worthless?

James 2:21 (show verse)

Our ancestor Abraham was justified by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar, wasn't he?

James 2:22 (show verse)

You see that his faith worked together with what he did, and by his actions his faith was made complete.

James 2:23 (show verse)

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.

James 2:24 (show verse)

You observe that a person is justified through actions and not through faith alone.

James 2:25 (show verse)

Likewise, Rahab the prostitute was justified through actions when she welcomed the messengers and sent them away on a different road, wasn't she?

James 2:26 (show verse)

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without actions is also dead.