James 2:13
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New International Version
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

New Living Translation
There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

English Standard Version
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

New American Standard Bible
For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

King James Bible
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For judgment is without mercy to the one who hasn't shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

International Standard Version
For the one who has shown no mercy will be judged without mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

NET Bible
For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The judgment is without mercy against him who does not practice mercy, but with mercy, you have dominion over judgment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No mercy will be shown to those who show no mercy to others. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For judgment without mercy shall be done unto the one that has shown no mercy; and mercy boasts against judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy triumphs over judgment.

American King James Version
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

American Standard Version
For judgment is without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For judgment without mercy to him that hath not done mercy. And mercy exalteth itself above judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
for judgment [will be] without mercy to him that has shewn no mercy. Mercy glories over judgment.

English Revised Version
For judgment is without mercy to him that hath shewed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Weymouth New Testament
For he who shows no mercy will have judgement given against him without mercy; but mercy triumphs over judgement.

World English Bible
For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Young's Literal Translation
for the judgment without kindness is to him not having done kindness, and exult doth kindness over judgment.
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

Verse 13. - A clear reminiscence of our Lord's teaching in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 7:1, etc.; Matthew 5:7): Μακάριοι οἱ ἐλεήμονες ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται. Ἀνέλεος is certainly the right form of the word (א, A, B, C, K), not ἀνιλέως (Receptus with L), and the καὶ of the Textus Receptus is entirely wanting in manuscript authority, and should be deleted. The subject is ended by the abrupt declaration, almost like a cry of triumph, "Mercy glorieth against judgment."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he shall have judgment without mercy,.... Strict justice, and no mercy shown him:

that hath showed no mercy; to the poor brethren, and distressed members of Christ, but has shown respect of persons to the hurt of the poor, and has despised and oppressed them, instead of relieving and comforting them; so the rich man, that neglected Lazarus at his gates, is refused a drop of water to cool his tongue; and the servant that cruelly insisted on his fellow servant's paying him all he owed, justly incurred the displeasure of his Lord, and was by him delivered to the tormentors; and that servant that beats his fellow servants will be cut asunder, and, have his portion with hypocrites; and such who have seen any of the brethren of Christ hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, and in prison, and have showed no regard for them, will hear, "Go, ye cursed, into everlasting fire":

and mercy rejoiceth against judgment; that is merciful men, who have shown mercy to the poor saints, will not be afraid of the awful judgment, but rather rejoice or glory, as the word signifies, in the view of it, since they will obtain mercy at that day, and hear, Come, ye blessed of my Father, &c. Matthew 25:34 so the Ethiopic version renders it, he only shall glory in the day of judgment, who hath showed mercy; the Alexandrian copy reads in the imperative, "let mercy glory", &c. and the Syriac version, "be ye exalted by mercy over judgment".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. The converse of, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Mt 5:7). Translate, "The judgment (which is coming on all of us) shall be without mercy to him who hath showed no mercy." It shall be such toward every one as every one shall have been [Bengel]. "Mercy" here corresponds to "love," Jas 2:8.

mercy rejoiceth against judgment—Mercy, so far from fearing judgment in the case of its followers, actually glorifieth against it, knowing that it cannot condemn them. Not that their mercy is the ground of their acquittal, but the mercy of God in Christ towards them, producing mercy on their part towards their fellow men, makes them to triumph over judgment, which all in themselves otherwise deserve.

James 2:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Warning against Favoritism
12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Cross References
2 Chronicles 28:11
Now listen to me! Send back your fellow Israelites you have taken as prisoners, for the LORD's fierce anger rests on you."

Proverbs 21:13
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.

Proverbs 22:16
One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.

Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 18:32
"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.

Luke 6:37
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

James 3:17
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Treasury of Scripture

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

he.

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

Genesis 42:21 And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our …

Judges 1:7 And Adonibezek said, Three score and ten kings, having their thumbs …

Job 22:6-10 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped …

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry …

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the …

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 6:15 But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father …

Matthew 7:1,2 Judge not, that you be not judged…

Matthew 18:28-35 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, …

Matthew 25:41-46 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received …

and.

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed …

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Ephesians 1:6,7 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

1 John 4:8-16,18,19 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love…

rejoiceth. or, glorieth.

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