James 2:1
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New International Version
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

New Living Translation
My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

English Standard Version
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

Berean Study Bible
My brothers, as you hold out your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism.

Berean Literal Bible
My brothers, do not with partiality hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory.

New American Standard Bible
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

King James Bible
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My brothers, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

International Standard Version
My brothers, do not let your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be tainted by favoritism.

NET Bible
My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My brethren, do not hold the glorious faith of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah with acceptance of persons.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My brothers and sisters, practice your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ by not favoring one person over another.

New American Standard 1977
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My brethren, do not have the faith of our Lord Jesus, the glorious Christ, with respect of persons.

King James 2000 Bible
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

American King James Version
My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

American Standard Version
My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.

Darby Bible Translation
My brethren, do not have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [Lord] of glory, with respect of persons:

English Revised Version
My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Webster's Bible Translation
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Weymouth New Testament
My brethren, you must not make distinctions between one man and another while you are striving to maintain faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our glory.

World English Bible
My brothers, don't hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partiality.

Young's Literal Translation
My brethren, hold not, in respect of persons, the faith of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-13 Those who profess faith in Christ as the Lord of glory, must not respect persons on account of mere outward circumstances and appearances, in a manner not agreeing with their profession of being disciples of the lowly Jesus. St. James does not here encourage rudeness or disorder: civil respect must be paid; but never such as to influence the proceedings of Christians in disposing of the offices of the church of Christ, or in passing the censures of the church, or in any matter of religion. Questioning ourselves is of great use in every part of the holy life. Let us be more frequent in this, and in every thing take occasion to discourse with our souls. As places of worship cannot be built or maintained without expense, it may be proper that those who contribute thereto should be accommodated accordingly; but were all persons more spiritually-minded, the poor would be treated with more attention that usually is the case in worshipping congregations. A lowly state is most favourable for inward peace and for growth in holiness. God would give to all believers riches and honours of this world, if these would do them good, seeing that he has chosen them to be rich in faith, and made them heirs of his kingdom, which he promised to bestow on all who love him. Consider how often riches lead to vice and mischief, and what great reproaches are thrown upon God and religion, by men of wealth, power, and worldly greatness; and it will make this sin appear very sinful and foolish. The Scripture gives as a law, to love our neighbour as ourselves. This law is a royal law, it comes from the King of kings; and if Christians act unjustly, they are convicted by the law as transgressors. To think that our good deeds will atone for our bad deeds, plainly puts us upon looking for another atonement. According to the covenant of works, one breach of any one command brings a man under condemnation, from which no obedience, past, present, or future, can deliver him. This shows us the happiness of those that are in Christ. We may serve him without slavish fear. God's restraints are not a bondage, but our own corruptions are so. The doom passed upon impenitent sinners at last, will be judgment without mercy. But God deems it his glory and joy, to pardon and bless those who might justly be condemned at his tribunal; and his grace teaches those who partake of his mercy, to copy it in their conduct.
Study Bible
A Warning against Favoritism
1My brothers, as you hold out your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:17
'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.'

Acts 7:2
And Stephen declared: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,

Acts 10:34
Then Peter began to speak: "I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism,

1 Corinthians 2:8
None of the rulers of this age understood it. For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at right hand of the throne of God.

James 1:16
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

James 2:9
But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
Treasury of Scripture

My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

the faith.

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

Acts 24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which …

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away …

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments …

the Lord.

Psalm 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be you lift up, you everlasting …

1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

with.

James 2:3,9 And you have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the …

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect …

Proverbs 28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread …

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

Romans 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, …

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels…

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; …

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