James 2:8
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English Standard Version
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

King James Bible
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

American Standard Version
Howbeit if ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then you fulfil the royal law, according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.

English Revised Version
Howbeit if ye fulfill the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:

Weymouth New Testament
If, however, you are keeping the Law as supreme, in obedience to the Commandment which says "You are to love your fellow man just as you love yourself," you are acting rightly.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Fulfil the royal law (νόμον τελεῖτε βασιλικὸν)

The phrase occurs only here and Romans 2:27. Τελεῖν, fulfil, is stronger than the more common word τηρεῖν, observe or keep, which appears in James 2:10. Compare, also, Matthew 19:17; Matthew 23:3; John 14:15, etc. James here speaks of a single commandment, the proper word for which is ἐντολή, while νόμος is the body of commandments. It is appropriate here, however, since this special commandment sums up the entire law. See Romans 13:10; Galatians 5:14. It is the royal law; the king of all laws.

The phrase royal law is of Roman origin (lex regia). In the kingly period of Roman history it did not signify a law promulgated by the absolute authority of the king, but a law passed by a popular assembly under the presidency of the king. In later times the term was applied to all laws the origin of which was attributed to the time of the kings. Gradually the term came to represent less of the popular will, and to include all the rights and powers which the Roman people had formerly possessed, so that the emperor became what formerly the people had been, sovereign. "It was not," says Gibbon, "before the ideas and even the language of the Romans had been corrupted, that a royal law (lex regia) and an irrevocable gift of the people were created....The pleasure of the emperor, according to Justinian, has the vigor and effect of law, since the Roman people, by the royal law, have transferred to their prince the full extent of their own power and sovereignty. The will of a single man, of a child, perhaps, was allowed to prevail over the wisdom of ages and the inclinations of millions; and the degenerate Greeks were proud to declare that in his hands alone the arbitrary exercise of legislation could be safely deposited" ("Decline and Fall," ch. xliv.).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the royal.

James 2:12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work...

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people...

Thou.

Leviticus 19:18,34 You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself...

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Mark 12:31-33 And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these...

Luke 10:27-37 And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength...

Romans 13:8,9 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law...

Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

ye do.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

1 Kings 8:18 And the LORD said to David my father, Whereas it was in your heart to build an house to my name...

2 Kings 7:9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace...

Jonah 4:4,9 Then said the LORD, Do you well to be angry...

Matthew 25:21,23 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things...

Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding you have well done, that you did communicate with my affliction.

Cross References
Leviticus 19:18
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Matthew 7:12
"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Romans 13:8
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

James 2:19
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe--and shudder!

James 4:11
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

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