Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1My brethren, do not hold the glorious faith of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah with acceptance of persons. 2For if a man will enter your assembly with a gold ring or fine clothing and a poor man enters in dirty clothing, 3And you have regard for him wearing fine clothing, and you say to him, "Sit well here", and you say to the poor man, "Stand over there or sit here before our* footstool.", 4Behold, are you not divided in your souls and have you not become expositors of wicked reasonings? 5Hear, my beloved brethren: Is it not the poor of this world, however, who are rich in faith? God has chosen them to be the heirs in that Kingdom which God has promised to those who love him. 6But you have despised the poor. Behold, do not the rich have dominion over you and drag you to court? 7Behold, do they not slander The Worthy Name by which you are called?
8And if you fulfill The Written Law of God in this, as it is written: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself", you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are sinning, and you are reproved by The Written Law as violators against The Written Law. 10For whoever keeps the whole Written Law and slips in one thing, he is condemned by the entire Law. 11For he who said, "Do not commit adultery", also said, "You shall not murder." But if you are not committing adultery, but you have murdered, you have become a violator of The Law. 12So be speaking and acting as a person who is going to be judged by The Law of Liberty. 13The judgment is without mercy against him who does not practice mercy, but with mercy, you have dominion over judgment*.
14What good is it my brethren, if a man says, 'I have faith', and he does not have deeds? Can his faith save him? 15And if a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily food, 16And any of you will say to them, "Go in peace, be warm, be full", and he would not give them the bodily necessities, what good is that? 17So also faith alone without works is dead.
18For a man may say to you, "You and I have faith*; I have works. Show me your faith without* works, and I shall show you my faith by my works." 19You believe that God is One; you do well; the demons also believe and tremble. 20Are you willing to know, oh feeble man, that faith without works is dead*? 21Was not our father Abraham justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? 22Do you see that his faith upheld his deeds and by deeds his faith was perfected? 23And the Scripture was fulfilled which said, "Abraham believed in God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness", and he was called the friend* of God. 24You see that by works a man is justified and not from faith alone. 25In this way also, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the scouts and sent them out by another way? 26Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.