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James 2:1–9

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.

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