James 2:10
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New International Version
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

New Living Translation
For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws.

English Standard Version
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Berean Literal Bible
For whoever shall keep the whole Law, but shall stumble in one point, he has become guilty of all.

New American Standard Bible
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

King James Bible
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.

International Standard Version
For whoever keeps the whole Law but fails in one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

NET Bible
For the one who obeys the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For whoever keeps the whole Written Law and slips in one thing, he is condemned by the entire Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If someone obeys all of God's laws except one, that person is guilty of breaking all of them.

New American Standard 1977
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For whosoever shall have kept the whole law, and then offends in one point is made guilty of all.

King James 2000 Bible
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

American King James Version
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

American Standard Version
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point , he is become guilty of all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.

Darby Bible Translation
For whoever shall keep the whole law and shall offend in one [point], he has come under the guilt of [breaking] all.

English Revised Version
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all.

Webster's Bible Translation
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Weymouth New Testament
A man who has kept the Law as a whole, but has failed to keep some one command, has become guilty of violating all.

World English Bible
For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

Young's Literal Translation
for whoever the whole law shall keep, and shall stumble in one point, he hath become guilty of all;
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
9But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:19
So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Galatians 5:3
Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole Law.

James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body.

2 Peter 1:10
Therefore brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you practice these things you will never stumble,

Jude 1:24
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished in His glorious presence, with great joy--
Treasury of Scripture

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

For. While the Jews taught that 'he who transgresses all the precepts of the law has broken the yoke, dissolved the covenant, and exposed the law to contempt; and so has he done who has only broken one precept;' they also taught, 'that he who observed any principal command was equal to him who kept the whole law,' and gave for an example the forsaking of idolatry. To correct this false doctrine was the object James had in view.

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Deuteronomy 27:26 Cursed be he that confirms not all the words of this law to do them. …

Matthew 5:18,19 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or …

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

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