James 2:8
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If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right.

King James Bible
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Darby Bible Translation
If indeed ye keep [the] royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.

World English Bible
However, if you fulfill the royal law, according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.

Young's Literal Translation
If, indeed, royal law ye complete, according to the Writing, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,' -- ye do well;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The royal law - Νομον βασιλικον. This epithet, of all the New Testament writers, is peculiar to James; but it is frequent among the Greek writers in the sense in which it appears St. James uses it. Βασιλικος, royal, is used to signify any thing that is of general concern, is suitable to all, and necessary for all, as brotherly love is. This commandment; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, is a royal law, not only because it is ordained of God, and proceeds from his kingly authority over men, but because it is so useful, suitable, and necessary to the present state of man; and as it was given us particularly by Christ himself, John 13:34; John 15:12, who is our King, as well as Prophet and Priest, it should ever put us in mind of his authority over us, and our subjection to him. As the regal state is the most excellent for secular dignity and civil utility that exists among men, hence we give the epithet royal to whatever is excellent, noble, grand, or useful.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the royal.

James 2:12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work...

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people...

Thou.

Leviticus 19:18,34 You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself...

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Mark 12:31-33 And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these...

Luke 10:27-37 And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength...

Romans 13:8,9 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law...

Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

ye do.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

1 Kings 8:18 And the LORD said to David my father, Whereas it was in your heart to build an house to my name...

2 Kings 7:9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace...

Jonah 4:4,9 Then said the LORD, Do you well to be angry...

Matthew 25:21,23 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things...

Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding you have well done, that you did communicate with my affliction.

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Fruitless Faith
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."--James 2:17. WHATEVER the statement of James may be, it could never have been his intention to contradict the gospel. It could never be possible that the Holy Spirit would say one thing in one place, and another in another. Statements of Paul and of James must be reconciled, and if they were not, I would be prepared sooner to throw overboard the statement of James than that of Paul. Luther did so, I think, most unjustifiably. If you ask
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 60: 1914

The Middle Colonies: the Jerseys, Delaware, and Pennsylvania --The Quaker Colonization --Georgia.
THE bargainings and conveyancings, the confirmations and reclamations, the setting up and overturning, which, after the conquest of the New Netherlands, had the effect to detach the peninsula of New Jersey from the jurisdiction of New York, and to divide it for a time into two governments, belong to political history; but they had, of course, an important influence on the planting of the church in that territory. One result of them was a wide diversity of materials in the early growth of the church.
Leonard Woolsey Bacon—A History of American Christianity

Whether Justice and Mercy are Present in all God's Works
Whether Justice and Mercy are Present in all God's Works We proceed to the fourth article thus: 1. Justice and mercy do not appear to be present in every work of God. For some of God's works are attributed to his mercy, as for example the justification of the ungodly, while other works are attributed to his justice, as for example the condemnation of the ungodly. Thus it is said in James 2:13: "he shall have judgment without mercy that hath showed no mercy." Hence justice and mercy are not present
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Whether Fear is an Effect of Faith
Whether Fear is an Effect of Faith We proceed to the first article thus: 1. It seems that fear is not an effect of faith. For an effect does not precede its cause. But fear precedes faith, since it is said in Ecclesiasticus 2:8: "Ye that fear God, believe in him." Hence fear is not an effect of faith. 2. Again, the same thing is not the cause of contrary effects. Now it was said in 12ae, Q. 23, Art. 2, that fear and hope are contraries, and the gloss on Matt. 1:2, "Abraham begat Isaac," says that
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Cross References
Leviticus 19:18
"'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Matthew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Romans 13:8
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:10
Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

James 2:19
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.

James 4:11
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

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