The Sin of Partiality

James 2

1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, a the Lord of glory, with b partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in 1 fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in 2 filthy clothes, 3 and you 3 pay attention to 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 4 shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: c Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be d rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom e which He promised to those who love Him? 6 But f you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you g and drag you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are h called?

8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, i "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," 5 you do well; 9 but if you 6 show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as j transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet k stumble in one point, l he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, m "Do not commit adultery," 7 also said, n "Do not murder." 8 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 o the law of liberty. 13 For p judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown q no r mercy. s Mercy triumphs over judgment.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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