21 Therefore, aputting aside all filthiness and all 1that remains of wickedness, in 2humility receive bthe word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
22 aBut prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his 1natural face ain a mirror;
24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, 1he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, athe law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but 1an effectual doer, this man will be bblessed in 2what he does.
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not 1abridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
27 Pure and undefiled religion ain the sight of our God and Father is this: to bvisit corphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained 1by dthe world.
The Sin of Partiality
1 aMy brethren, bdo not hold your faith in our cglorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of dpersonal favoritism.
2 For if a man comes into your 1assembly with a gold ring and dressed in 2afine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in bdirty clothes,
3 and you 1pay special attention to the one who is wearing the afine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”
4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges awith evil 1motives?
5 Listen, amy beloved brethren: did not bGod choose the poor 1of this world to be crich in faith and dheirs of the kingdom which He epromised to those who love Him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and 1personally adrag you into 2court?
7 aDo they not blaspheme the fair name 1by which you have been called?
8 If, however, you aare fulfilling the 1royal law according to the Scripture, “bYou shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
9 But if you ashow partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the 1law as transgressors.
10 For whoever keeps the whole 1law and yet astumbles in one point, he has become bguilty of all.
11 For He who said, “aDo not commit adultery,” also said, “bDo not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the 1law.
12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by athe law of liberty.
13 For ajudgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy 1triumphs over judgment.
Faith and Works
14 aWhat use is it, bmy brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can 1that faith save him?
15 aIf a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “aGo in peace, 1be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
17 Even so afaith, if it has no works, is 1dead, being by itself.
18 aBut someone 1may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your bfaith without the works, and I will cshow you my faith dby my works.”
19 You believe that 1aGod is one. bYou do well; cthe demons also believe, and shudder.
20 But are you willing to recognize, ayou foolish fellow, that bfaith without works is useless?
21 aWas not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?
22 You see that afaith was working with his works, and 1as a result of the bworks, faith was 2perfected;
23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “aAnd Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called bthe friend of God.
24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not aRahab the harlot also justified by works bwhen she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also afaith without works is dead.