James 2:3

“And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And yee haue respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say vnto him, Sit thou here in a good place: and say to the poore, Stand thou there, or sit here vnder my footstoole:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine 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,""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And you do honour to the man in fair clothing and say, Come here and take this good place; and you say to the poor man, Take up your position there, or be seated at my feet;
- Basic English Bible

and ye look upon him who wears the splendid apparel, and say, Do thou sit here well, and say to the poor, Do thou stand there, or sit here under my footstool:
- Darby Bible

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:
- Webster's Bible

and you pay court to the one who wears the fine clothes, and say, "Sit here; this is a good place;" while to the poor man you say, "Stand there, or sit on the floor at my feet;"
- Weymouth Bible

and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, "Sit here in a good place;" and you tell the poor man, "Stand there," or "Sit by my footstool;"
- World English Bible

and if ye biholden in to hym that is clothid with clere clothing, and if ye seie to hym, Sitte thou here wel; but to the pore man ye seien, Stonde thou there, ethir sitte vndur the stool of my feet; whether ye demen not anentis you silf,
- Wycliffe Bible

and ye may look upon him bearing the gay raiment, and may say to him, `Thou -- sit thou here well,' and to the poor man may say, `Thou -- stand thou there, or, Sit thou here under my footstool,' --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:3


2:3 Ye look upon him - With respect.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:3


Jas 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing. Show respect not to the character but to the clothes, by giving one a welcome and a good seat, while the other is treated contemptuously, allowed to stand or to sit in a very uncomfortable place. Does not this describe the spirit of half the churches of our time?

Discussion for James 2

  • Taylor
    I really so love this scripture and or helps me to get on with my day and it helps me to remain on thinking that if I want something to happen that u have not to just believe, but to also put forth the work after it.
  • Lilian
    FAITH IS A GIFT FROM GOD AND IT COMES ONLY BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD. WITHOUT HEARING AND MEDITATING HIS WORDS ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM. IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER IN CHRIST AND HIS WORDS YOU MUST BE A DOER ALSO. THRU OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORDS IT CAN SAVE OUR SOUL. LIKE JESUS HAS A PERFECT OBEDIENCE TO OUR FATHER AND TO HIS WORDS BY FULFILLING THE SCRIPTURES . LET OUR BODY BE HOLY FOR GOD IS HOLY.
  • Blessed
    @Sylvia The only sin the Lord will not forgive anyone for is the blasphemy of the holy ghost Mark 3:28-30
  • Gwendolyn Daniel
    God speaks and should listen
  • Eric
    The Gospel of God cometh only from God, our Father which art in heaven. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Father, the hour is come glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. The mercy of man is toward his neighbour but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again, as a shepherd his flock. Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
  • Eric
    All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

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