James 2:5
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New International Version
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

New Living Translation
Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn't God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren't they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?

English Standard Version
Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

Berean Study Bible
Listen, 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?

Berean Literal Bible
Listen, my beloved brothers: Has not God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He promised to those loving Him?

New American Standard Bible
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

King James Bible
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, my dear brothers: Didn't God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He has promised to those who love Him?

International Standard Version
Listen, my dear brothers! God has chosen the poor in the world to become rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who keep on loving him, has he not?

NET Bible
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, my beloved brethren: Is it not the poor of this world, however, who are rich in faith? God has chosen them to be the heirs in that Kingdom which God has promised to those who love him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Didn't God choose poor people in the world to become rich in faith and to receive the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?

New American Standard 1977
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world that they might be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those that love him?

King James 2000 Bible
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?

American King James Version
Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?

American Standard Version
Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?

Darby Bible Translation
Hear, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen the poor as to the world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to them that love him?

English Revised Version
Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

Weymouth New Testament
Listen, my dearly-loved brethren. Has not God chosen those whom the world regards as poor to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom which He has promised to those that love Him?

World English Bible
Listen, my beloved brothers. Didn't God choose those who are poor in this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which he promised to those who love him?

Young's Literal Translation
Hearken, my brethren beloved, did not God choose the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the reign that He promised to those loving Him?
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
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? 6But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:8
"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them.

Job 34:19
Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?

Proverbs 13:7
There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

Isaiah 14:32
"How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it."

Isaiah 29:19
The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the LORD, And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are the poor in the spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 25:34
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Luke 12:21
This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God."

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
Treasury of Scripture

Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?

Hearken.

Judges 9:7 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of …

1 Kings 22:28 And Micaiah said, If you return at all in peace, the LORD has not …

Job 34:10 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, …

Job 38:14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

Proverbs 7:24 Listen to me now therefore, O you children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they …

Mark 7:14 And when he had called all the people to him, he said to them, Listen …

Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory …

Hath not.

James 1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

Isaiah 14:32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the …

Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor …

Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the middle of you an afflicted and poor people, …

Zechariah 11:7,11 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. …

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are …

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be …

Luke 9:57,58 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man …

Luke 16:22,25 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the …

John 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

1 Corinthians 1:26-28 For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

rich.

Proverbs 8:17-21 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me…

Luke 12:21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours…

2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might …

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures …

Revelation 2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

Revelation 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, …

heirs.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to …

Luke 22:29 And I appoint to you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed to me;

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

2 Thessalonians 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

2 Timothy 4:8,18 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not …

2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the …

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James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

Exodus 20:6 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and …

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be …

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to …

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have …

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

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