James 2:9
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.

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

New King James Version
but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are 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 violators.

NASB 1995
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

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

Amplified Bible
But if you show partiality [prejudice, favoritism], you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as offenders.

Christian Standard Bible
If, however, you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

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

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

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.

Contemporary English Version
But if you treat some people better than others, you have done wrong, and the Scriptures teach that you have sinned.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved 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.

Good News Translation
But if you treat people according to their outward appearance, you are guilty of sin, and the Law condemns you as a lawbreaker.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
but if you favor by appearance, you work sin, being convicted by the Law as transgressors;

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

New Heart English Bible
But if you show partiality, you commit sin, being 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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Warning against Favoritism
8If you really fulfill 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
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 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.

if.

James 2:1-4
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons…

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.

are.

John 8:9,46
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst…

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

1 Corinthians 14:24
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

transgressors.

Romans 3:20
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 7:7-13
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet…

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









(9) But if ye have respect to persons . . .--Translate, But if ye respect persons, ye work sin, and are convicted by the Law (i.e., at the bar of conscience) as transgressors. The first principle has been broken, and not a mere detail. De minimis non curat lex: the laws of men cannot concern themselves with trifles; but the most secret soul may be proven and revealed by some little act of love, or the contrary: and such is the way of the Lord "that searcheth the hearts" (Romans 8:27).

Verse 9. - And are convinced, etc.; better, with R.V., being convicted by the law (ἐλεγχόμενοι ὑπὸ τοῦ νόμου). The Law of Moses directly forbade all respect of persons; see Leviticus 19:15 (three verses above the passage just quoted by St. James), Οὐ λήψῃ πρόσωπον πτωχοῦ οὐδὲ μὴ θαυμάσῃς πρόσωπον δυνάστον.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

you show favoritism,
προσωπολημπτεῖτε (prosōpolēmpteite)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4380: To favor specially, show partiality. From prosopoleptes; to favor an individual, i.e. Show partiality.

you
ἐργάζεσθε (ergazesthe)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2038: To work, trade, perform, do, practice, commit, acquire by labor.

sin
ἁμαρτίαν (hamartian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 266: From hamartano; a sin.

[and] are convicted
ἐλεγχόμενοι (elenchomenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1651: (a) I reprove, rebuke, discipline, (b) I expose, show to be guilty. Of uncertain affinity; to confute, admonish.

by
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

the
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.

Law
νόμου (nomou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3551: From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

transgressors.
παραβάται (parabatai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3848: A transgressor, law-breaker. From parabaino; a violator.


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