James 2:5-17

Bec P

A.(5) Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

B.(6) But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? (7) Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

C.(8)  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

D.(9) But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

E.(10) For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

D’.(11) For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

C’.(12) So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

B.(13) For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

A.(14) What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

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