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

New Living Translation
But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

English Standard Version
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Berean Study Bible
But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Berean Literal Bible
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

New American Standard Bible
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

King James Bible
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

International Standard Version
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and will be convicted by the Law as violators.

NET Bible
But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if you show partiality, you are sinning, and you are reproved by The Written Law as violators against The Written Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you favor one person over another, you're sinning, and this law convicts you of being disobedient.

New American Standard 1977
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin and are accused of the law as rebels.

King James 2000 Bible
But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convicted of the law as transgressors.

American King James Version
But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

American Standard Version
but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.

Darby Bible Translation
But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

English Revised Version
but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Weymouth New Testament
But if you are making distinctions between one man and another, you are guilty of sin, and are convicted by the Law as offenders.

World English Bible
But if you show partiality, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

Young's Literal Translation
and if ye accept persons, sin ye do work, being convicted by the law as transgressors;
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
8If you really keep the royal law stated in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 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.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:17
'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.'

Acts 10:34
Then Peter began to speak: "I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism,

James 2:1
My brothers, as you hold out your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism.
Treasury of Scripture

But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

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James 2:1-4 My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord …

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

are.

John 8:9,46 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, …

John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, …

1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or …

Jude 1:15 To execute judgment on all, and to convince all that are ungodly …

transgressors.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

Romans 7:7-13 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God.

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression …

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