James 2:10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whosoeuer shall keepe the whole Law, & yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one {point,} he has become guilty of all.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one `point', he is become guilty of all.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For anyone who keeps all the law, but makes a slip in one point, is judged to have gone against it all.
- Basic English Bible

For whoever shall keep the whole law and shall offend in one [point], he has come under the guilt of [breaking] all.
- Darby Bible

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
- Webster's Bible

A man who has kept the Law as a whole, but has failed to keep some one command, has become guilty of violating all.
- Weymouth Bible

For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
- World English Bible

And who euere kepith al the lawe, but offendith in oon, he is maad gilti of alle.
- Wycliffe Bible

for whoever the whole law shall keep, and shall stumble in one [point], he hath become guilty of all;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:10


2:10 Whosoever keepeth the whole law, except in one point, he is guilty of all - Is as liable to condemnation as if he had offended in every point.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:10


Jas 2:10 Whoever shall keep the whole law. If the law is broken by "respect of persons", the whole law is broken. Yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. He who willfully breaks one command is a law breaker and is guilty before the law.

Discussion for James 2:10

  • Bis.Dr. Tony W. Leonarf for verse 10
    I must remain prayful
  • Our heart should always be in alignment with the word of God. Always check the motives of why you do what you do ..Guard your heart with all deligance ,for out of it is the issues of life. Remember how the Lord loved you without being partial, he loved us while we were yet sinners. I'm reminded to stay focused on Gods love,that's the only thing that never fails
  • Anita crisler for verse 10
    Love god W all heart, mind, soul Love thy neighbors
  • Nicholas for verse 10
    This scripture gives perspective to the subject of tithing and the new testament christian for me . Pastors lean heavily on tithing the tenth but forget if you 're incorporating this tithe then the others must be included or you have offended the entire law.
  • Fairy Gear for verse 10
    We can not keep the law and Jesus knew it. he gave us two important commandments. 1 . And thou shall love the lord thy God with all thy hear, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength this is the first. 2 love thy neighbor as thyself. there is none other commandment greater than these. mark 12 30 and 31.
  • Rev. Autrey for verse 10
    (Verse 10) "A person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God's laws.") This is a parabolic statement. James is showing us how impossible it is for a sinful man to live up to God's perfect standards. Because even if you think you kept nine perfectly (which nobody has), you are still missing the mark because you missed out on one.

    But the fact is, nobody has kept even one. Just thinking about breaking a law is the same as doing it. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." That's why Jesus said to the self righteous Jews, "None of you obey the law of Moses! In fact, you are trying to kill me."

    Too, James is showing us that breaking any one law shows your intent to break all God's laws, and to over rule God in everything. "We will not have this man to rule over us." (Luke 19:14) This is what Adam intended when he broke God's very first command. In other words, inclusive in any one command is God's intent and purpose for all his commands.

    This is why God saves us by faith. That is, if we depend on our ability to keep the law, no one will ever be saved.

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