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

  • Bruce
    God wrote in His Word, "Faith without works is dead".
  • Don H
    In my 2017 New Year group email I wrote," Faith Without Works Adds No Value ". Many say I'm praying for you when they have the means to help you. The believer of low esteem ( in need) should rejoice in that his outreach should be met by the brother who has. Both have faith and both have works.
  • Bruce
    Many will say to me in that day,Lord ,Lord, have we not------in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them,I never knew you: depart from me,you workers of iniquity. Matthew 7:22-23. Many churches and others, are feeding the hungry,helping with bills, clothing,housing--- and will hear depart for me you workers of iniquity. Doing? What the word says! Revelations 20:15
  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise Jesus one thing we know if Jesus Spirit is not in us we cannot do the things the word tells us because if we do not have Jesus spirit we are not his we are sinner so be very sure u have the Holy Ghost living I side of U he make everthing. Easier if we do not have the Holy Ghost we Will live in Hell for ever. Check your self amen
  • Owani moses
    In verse 26 'faith' and 'work' are complementary its like vichle and petrol in which if one of them is missing then the other like vichle is useless so its like faith and work are complementary
  • Bruce
    G-W: Helping others in need is a good thing,but stealing from God is not! Malachi 3:8-11. Helping others usually gives a warm fuzzy feeling,are we again taken something that's not ours? A tithe,the glory,a lie:using money or things that belong to someone else is not us helping the needy.
    Sin upon sin will it ever end?Thanks be to God. 1 John1:6-9,2:1. (All of 1 John) the best help "salvation"

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