James 2:1
New International Version
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

New Living Translation
My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

English Standard Version
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

Berean Study Bible
My brothers, as you hold out your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism.

Berean Literal Bible
My brothers, do not with partiality hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory.

King James Bible
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

New King James Version
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

New American Standard Bible
My brothers and sisters, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

NASB 1995
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

NASB 1977
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

Amplified Bible
My fellow believers, do not practice your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of partiality [toward people—show no favoritism, no prejudice, no snobbery].

Christian Standard Bible
My brothers and sisters, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My brothers, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

American Standard Version
My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My brethren, do not hold the glorious faith of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah with acceptance of persons.

Contemporary English Version
My friends, if you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, you won't treat some people better than others.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.

English Revised Version
My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Good News Translation
My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My brothers and sisters, practice your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ by not favoring one person over another.

International Standard Version
My brothers, do not let your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be tainted by favoritism.

Literal Standard Version
My brothers, do not hold the faith of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ in favor by appearance,

NET Bible
My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

New Heart English Bible
My brothers, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partiality.

Weymouth New Testament
My brethren, you must not make distinctions between one man and another while you are striving to maintain faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our glory.

World English Bible
My brothers, don't hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partiality.

Young's Literal Translation
My brethren, hold not, in respect of persons, the faith of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Warning against Favoritism
1My brothers, as you hold out your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:17
Show no partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be intimidated by anyone, for judgment belongs to God. And bring to me any case too difficult for you, and I will hear it."

Acts 7:2
And Stephen declared: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,

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

1 Corinthians 2:8
None of the rulers of this age understood it. For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

James 1:16
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,


Treasury of Scripture

My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

the faith.

Acts 20:21
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 24:24
And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

Colossians 1:4
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

the Lord.

Psalm 24:7-10
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in…

1 Corinthians 2:8
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Titus 2:13
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

with.

James 2:3,9
And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: …

James 3:17
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Leviticus 19:15
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.









II.

(1) My brethren.--The second chapter opens with some stern rebukes for those unworthy Christians who had "men's persons in admiration," and, doubtless, that "because of advantage" to themselves. (Comp. Jude 1:16.) The lesson is distinctly addressed to believers, and its severity appears to be caused by the Apostle's unhappy consciousness of its need. What were endurable in a heathen, or an alien, or even a Jew, ceased to be so in a professed follower of the lowly Jesus. And this seems to be a further reason for the indignant expostulation and condemnation of James 2:14. Thus the whole chapter may really be considered as dealing with Faith; and it flows naturally from the foregoing thoughts upon Religion--or, as we interpreted their subject-matter, Religious Service.

Have (or, hold) not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with (or, in) respect of persons.--"Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ," wrote St. Paul to the proud and wealthy men of Corinth (2Corinthians 8:9), "that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich;" and, with more cogent an appeal, to the Philippians (James 2:4-7), "In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves: look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God"--i.e., Very God, and not appearance merely--nevertheless "thought not His equality with God a thing to be always grasped at," as it were some booty or prize, "but emptied Himself" of His glory, "and took upon Him the shape of a slave." Were these central, nay initial, facts of the faith believed then; or are they now? If they were in truth, how could there be such folly and shame as "acceptance of persons" according to the dictates of fashionable society and the world? "Honour," indeed, "to whom honour" is due (Romans 13:7). The Christian religion allows not that contempt for even earthly dignities--affected by some of her followers, but springing more from envy and unruliness than aught besides. True reverence and submission are in no way condemned by this scripture: but their excess and gross extreme, the preference for vulgar wealth, the adulation of success, the worship, in short, of some new golden calf. . . .

Verses 1-13. - WARNING AGAINST RESPECT OF PERSONS. Verse 1. - The translation is doubtful, two renderings being possible.

(1) That of the A.V. and R.V., "Hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons."

(2) That of the R.V. margin and Westcott and Hort, "Do ye, in accepting persons, hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory?" According to this view, the section commences with a question, as does the following one, ver. 14. According to the former view, which is on the whole preferable, it is parallel to James 3:1. The faith of our Lord. "The faith" here may be either

(1) objective (tides quae creditur), as in the Epistle of St. Jude 1:3, 20; or . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
My
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

brothers,
Ἀδελφοί (Adelphoi)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

as you hold out
ἔχετε (echete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

[your]
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

faith
πίστιν (pistin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

in
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

glorious
δόξης (doxēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1391: From the base of dokeo; glory, in a wide application.

Lord
Κυρίου (Kyriou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

Christ,
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

{do} not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

[show]
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

favoritism.
προσωπολημψίαις (prosōpolēmpsiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 4382: Partiality, favoritism. From prosopoleptes; partiality, i.e. Favoritism.


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