James 4:12
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New International Version
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?

New Living Translation
God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

English Standard Version
There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Berean Study Bible
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Berean Literal Bible
There is one Lawgiver and Judge, the One being able to save and to destroy. But who are you judging the neighbor?

New American Standard Bible
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

King James Bible
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

International Standard Version
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge—the one who can save and destroy. So who are you to judge your neighbor?

NET Bible
But there is only one who is lawgiver and judge--the one who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor?

New Heart English Bible
Only one is the lawgiver and judge, who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
One is he who lays down The Written Law and judgment, who is able to give life and to destroy. Who are you who are judging your neighbor?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There is only one teacher and judge. He is able to save or destroy you. So who are you to judge your neighbor?

New American Standard 1977
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou to judge another?

King James 2000 Bible
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who are you that judge another?

American King James Version
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who are you that judge another?

American Standard Version
One only is the lawgiver and judge, even he who is able to save and to destroy: but who art thou that judgest thy neighbor?

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is one lawgiver, and judge, that is able to destroy and to deliver.

Darby Bible Translation
One is the lawgiver and judge, who is able to save and to destroy: but who art thou who judgest thy neighbour?

English Revised Version
One only is the lawgiver and judge, even he who is able to save and to destroy: but who art thou that judgest thy neighbour?

Webster's Bible Translation
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save, and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Weymouth New Testament
The only real Lawgiver and Judge is He who is able to save or to destroy. Who are you to sit in judgement on your fellow man?

World English Bible
Only one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge another?

Young's Literal Translation
one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; thou -- who art thou that dost judge the other?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:11-17 Our lips must be governed by the law of kindness, as well as truth and justice. Christians are brethren. And to break God's commands, is to speak evil of them, and to judge them, as if they laid too great a restraint upon us. We have the law of God, which is a rule to all; let us not presume to set up our own notions and opinions as a rule to those about us, and let us be careful that we be not condemned of the Lord. Go to now, is a call to any one to consider his conduct as being wrong. How apt worldly and contriving men are to leave God out of their plans! How vain it is to look for any thing good without God's blessing and guidance! The frailty, shortness, and uncertainty of life, ought to check the vanity and presumptuous confidence of all projects for futurity. We can fix the hour and minute of the sun's rising and setting to-morrow, but we cannot fix the certain time of a vapour being scattered. So short, unreal, and fading is human life, and all the prosperity or enjoyment that attends it; though bliss or woe for ever must be according to our conduct during this fleeting moment. We are always to depend on the will of God. Our times are not in our own hands, but at the disposal of God. Our heads may be filled with cares and contrivances for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Providence often throws our plans into confusion. All we design, and all we do, should be with submissive dependence on God. It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of worldly things and aspiring projects; it will bring great disappointment, and will prove destruction in the end. Omissions are sins which will be brought into judgment, as well as commissions. He that does not the good he knows should be done, as well as he who does the evil he knows should not be done, will be condemned. Oh that we were as careful not to omit prayer, and not to neglect to meditate and examine our consciences, as we are not to commit gross outward vices against light!
Study Bible
Drawing Near to God
11Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the Law and judges it. And if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law, but a judge of it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit.”…
Cross References
Isaiah 33:22
For the LORD is our judge, The LORD is our lawgiver, The LORD is our king; He will save us--

Matthew 10:28
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Romans 14:4
Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

James 5:9
Do not complain about one another, brothers, so that you will not be judged. Look, the Judge is standing at the door!
Treasury of Scripture

There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who are you that judge another?

lawgiver.

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is …

able.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after …

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

who.

1 Samuel 25:10 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and …

Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are that judge: …

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

Romans 14:4,13 Who are you that judge another man's servant? to his own master he …

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