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The Lexham English Bible

James 2:1–4

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Partiality Forbidden

2 My brothers, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with partiality. For if someonea enters into your assemblyb in fine clothing with a gold ring on his finger, and a poor person in filthy clothing also enters, and you look favorably on the one wearing the fine clothing and you say, “Be seated here in a good place,” and to the poor person you say, “You stand or be seated therec by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

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a

Literally “a man,” but clearly in a generic sense here meaning “someone, a person”

b

Literally “synagogue,” but here probably referring to a Christian assembly

c

Some manuscripts have “you stand there or be seated”