James 2:4
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New International Version
have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

New Living Translation
doesn't this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

English Standard Version
have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Berean Study Bible
have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Berean Literal Bible
then have you not made a distinction among yourselves and have become judges with evil thoughts?

New American Standard Bible
have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

King James Bible
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
haven't you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

International Standard Version
then you will have made false distinctions among yourselves and will have judged from evil motives, will you not?

NET Bible
If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives?

New Heart English Bible
haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, are you not divided in your souls and have you not become expositors of wicked reasonings?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Aren't you discriminating against people and using a corrupt standard to make judgments?

New American Standard 1977
have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Are ye not then judging in yourselves and are become judges of evil thoughts?

King James 2000 Bible
Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

American King James Version
Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

American Standard Version
Do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?

Darby Bible Translation
have ye not made a difference among yourselves, and become judges having evil thoughts?

English Revised Version
are ye not divided in your own mind, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Webster's Bible Translation
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

Weymouth New Testament
is it not plain that in your hearts you have little faith, seeing that you have become judges full of wrong thoughts?

World English Bible
haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Young's Literal Translation
ye did not judge fully in yourselves, and did become ill-reasoning judges.
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
3If you lavish attention on the man in fine clothes and say, “Here is a seat of honor,” but say to the poor man “You must stand,” or, “Sit at my feet,” 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers: Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?…
Cross References
Luke 18:6
And the Lord said, "Listen to the words of the unjust judge.

John 7:24
Stop judging by outward appearances, and start judging justly."

James 3:17
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.
Treasury of Scripture

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