D. Having No Respect of Persons
among the Brothers
1 My abrothers, do not hold the 1bfaith of our Lord Jesus Christ 2of cglory with drespect of persons.
2 For if there comes into your 1synagogue a man with agold rings in splendid clothing, and there also comes in a bpoor man in filthy clothing,
3 And you look upon the one wearing the splendid clothing and say, You sit here in a good place, and to the poor man you say, You stand there, or sit under my footstool;
4 Have you not made 1adistinctions 2among yourselves and become judges with evil reasonings?
5 Listen, my beloved brothers: Did not God achoose the poor 1in the world to be brich in faith and heirs of the 2ckingdom, which He dpromised to those who 3elove Him?
6 But you have adishonored the poor. Is it not the brich who oppress you and is it not they who cdrag you to the 1courts?
7 Is it not they who blaspheme the 1honorable aname 2by which you are called?
8 If indeed you are fulfilling the 1royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall 2alove your neighbor as yourself,'' you do well;
9 But if you arespect persons, you 1commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever 1keeps the whole alaw yet stumbles in bone point has become guilty of all.
11 For He who said, Do not commit aadultery, also said, Do not murder. Now if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12 1So speak and so do as those who are to be ajudged by the 2blaw of freedom.
13 For the judgment is without amercy to him who has shown no mercy; mercy 1triumphs over judgment.
E. Being Justified by Works
in Relations with the Believers
14 What is the profit, my brothers, if anyone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith 1save him?
15 If a brother or sister 1is awithout clothing and lacks daily food,
16 And any one of you says to them, 1Go in peace, be warmed and filled, yet you do anot give them the 2necessities of the body, what is the profit?
17 So also 1faith, if it does not have works, is adead 2in itself.
18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my aworks.
19 You believe that God is aone. You do well; the bdemons also believe and shudder.
20 But are you willing to know, O vain man, that faith without its works is 1useless?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works in that he offered up aIsaac his son upon the altar?
22 You see that afaith worked together with his works, and by these works faith was perfected.
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham abelieved God, and it was baccounted to him as righteousness''; and he was called the cfriend of God.
24 You see that a man is 1justified by aworks and not by bfaith only.
25 And in like manner was not also aRahab the harlot justified by works in that she received the messengers and 1sent them out by a different way?
26 For just as the body without the 1spirit is dead, so also faith without works is adead.