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Jacob 2

1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
3 and you have regard for the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, You sit here in a good place, and say to the poor man, You stand there, or, Sit here at my footstool,
4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you to the judgment seats?
7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
8 But if you fulfill the royal Law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well;
9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the Law as transgressors.
10 For whoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the Law.
12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For judgment will be without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Indeed, mercy rejoices over judgment.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Is faith able to save him?
15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 Thus also faith, if it does not have works, being alone, is dead.
18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith from my works.
19 You believe that God is One. You do well. Even the demons believe, and shudder.
20 But are you willing to understand, O vain man, that faith apart from works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified from works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
22 Do you see how faith was working together with his works, and from works faith was made complete?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called, Friend of God.
24 You see then that a man is justified from works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified from works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead also.
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