2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
[the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons.
2:2 For if there come into your assembly a man with a gold ring,
in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile
2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing,
and say to him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the
poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges
of evil thoughts?
2:5 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?
2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you,
and draw you before the judgment-seats?
2:7 Do they not blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are
2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:
2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are
convicted by the law as transgressors.
2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
[point], he is guilty of all.
2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery; said also, Do not
kill. Now if thou committest no adultery, yet if thou killest,
thou art become a transgressor of the law.
2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the
law of liberty.
2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath shown no
mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
2:14 What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man sayeth he
hath faith, and hath not works? can faith save him?
2:15 If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily
2:16 And one of you sayeth to them, Depart in peace, be you
warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those
things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit?
2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
2:18 Also a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show
me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith
by my works.
2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
demons also believe, and tremble.
2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had
offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works
was faith made perfect?
2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, Abraham
believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and
he was called the Friend of God.
2:24 Ye see then that by works a man is justified, and not by
2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works,
when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out
2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.