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.

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-13. - WARNING AGAINST RESPECT OF PERSONS. Verse 1. - The translation is doubtful, two renderings being possible.

(1) That of the A.V. and R.V., "Hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons."

(2) That of the R.V. margin and Westcott and Hort, "Do ye, in accepting persons, hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory?" According to this view, the section commences with a question, as does the following one, ver. 14. According to the former view, which is on the whole preferable, it is parallel to James 3:1. The faith of our Lord. "The faith" here may be either

(1) objective (tides quae creditur), as in the Epistle of St. Jude 1:3, 20; or

(2) subjective (tides qua creditur), "Have the faith which believes in," etc. (cf. Mark 11:22). Our Lord Jesus Christ. Exactly the same title occurs in Acts 15:26, in the letter written from the Apostolic Council to the Syrian Churches - a letter which was probably drawn up by St. James himself. The Lord of glory. The same title is given to our Lord in 1 Corinthians 2:8, and seems to be founded on Psalm 24:7, etc. The genitive, τῆς δόξης, must depend on Κυρίου in spite of the intervening Ἰησοῦ Ξριστοῦ. Similar trajections occur elsewhere; e.g. Hebrews 12:11, where δικαιοσύνης depend, on καρπόν, and, according to a possible view, Luke 2:14 (see Hort's 'Greek Testament,' vol. 2, appendix, p. 56). Bengel's view, that τῆς δόξης is in apposition with Κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Ξριστοῦ can scarcely be maintained, in the absence of any parallel expression elsewhere. Respect of persons (ἐν προσωποληψίαις) literally, reception of faces. The substantive is found here and three times in St. Paul's Epistles - Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; the verb (προσωποληπτεῖν) only here in ver. 9; προσωπολήπτης in Acts 10:31. None of them occur in the LXX., where, however, we find πρόσωπον λαμβάνειν in Leviticus 19:15; Malachi 2:9, etc. (cf. Luke 20:21), for the Hebrew גַשָׂז פָנִים. Bishop Lightfoot has pointed out ('Galatians,' p. 108) that, in the Old Testament, the expression is a neutral one, not necessarily involving any idea of partiality, and more often used in a good than in a bad sense. "When it becomes an independent Greek phrase, however, the bad sense attaches to it, owing to the secondary meaning of πρόσωπον as a mask,' so that πρόσωπον λαμβάνειν signifies 'to regard the external circumstances of a man' - his rank, wealth, etc. - as opposed to his real intrinsic character. Thus in the New Testament it has always a bad sense." It is exactly this regard to external circumstances against which St. James is warning his readers; and the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ had himself been known, when on earth, as no respecter of persons (Luke 20:21), would give point to his warning. The plural (ἐν προσωποληψίαις) is perhaps used to include the different kinds of manifestations of the sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My brethren,.... As the apostle is about to dissuade from the evil of having respect to persons, this is a very fit introduction to it, and carries in it an argument why it should not obtain; since the saints are all brethren, they are children of the same Father, belong to the same family, and are all one in Christ Jesus, whether high or low, rich, or poor:

have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons: that is, such as have, and hold, and profess the faith of Christ, ought not along with it to use respect of persons, or to make such a distinction among the saints, as to prefer the rich, to the contempt of the poor; and in this exhortation many things are contained, which are so many arguments why such a practice should not be encouraged; for faith, whether as a doctrine or as a grace, is alike precious, and common to all; and is the faith of Christ, which, as a doctrine, is delivered by him to all the saints, and as a grace, he is both the author and object of it; and is the faith of their common Lord and Saviour, and who is the Lord of glory, or the glorious Lord; and the poor as well as the rich are espoused by him, as their Lord and husband; and are redeemed by him, and are equally under his government and protection, and members of his body: the Syriac Version reads, "have not the faith of the glory of our Lord Jesus", &c. meaning either the glory which Christ is possessed of, whether as the Son of God, in the perfections of his nature, or as man and Mediator, being now crowned with glory and honour, and which is seen and known by faith; or else that glory which Christ has in his hands, to bestow upon his people, and to which they are called, and will appear in, when he shall appear, and about which their faith is now employed: and since this glory equally belongs to them all, no difference should be made on account of outward circumstances, so as to treat any believer with neglect and contempt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 2

Jas 2:1-26. The Sin of Respect of Persons: Dead, Unworking Faith Saves No Man.

James illustrates "the perfect law of liberty" (Jas 1:25) in one particular instance of a sin against it, concluding with a reference again to that law (Jas 2:12, 13).

1. brethren—The equality of all Christians as "brethren," forms the groundwork of the admonition.

the faith of … Christ—that is, the Christian faith. James grounds Christian practice on Christian faith.

the Lord of glory—So 1Co 2:8. As all believers, alike rich and poor, derive all their glory from their union with Him, "the Lord of glory," not from external advantages of worldly fortune, the sin in question is peculiarly inconsistent with His "faith." Bengel, making no ellipsis of "the Lord," explains "glory" as in apposition with Christ who is THE GLORY (Lu 2:32); the true Shekinah glory of the temple (Ro 9:4). English Version is simpler. The glory of Christ resting on the poor believer should make him be regarded as highly by "brethren" as his richer brother; nay, more so, if the poor believer has more of Christ's spirit than the rich brother.

with respect of persons—literally, "in respectings of persons"; "in" the practice of partial preferences of persons in various ways and on various occasions.

James 2:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Warning against Favoritism
1My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. 2For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:17
Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it."

Acts 7:2
To this he replied: "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 Harran.

Acts 10:34
Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is 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
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

James 1:16
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

James 2:9
But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
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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