James 2:12

“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So speake ye, and so doe, as they that shall bee iudged by the Law of libertie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by {the} law of liberty.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So speak ye, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a law of liberty.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let your words and your acts be those of men who are to be judged by the law which makes free.
- Basic English Bible

So speak ye, and so act, as those that are to be judged by [the] law of liberty;
- Darby Bible

So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
- Webster's Bible

Speak and act as those should who are expecting to be judged by the Law of freedom.
- Weymouth Bible

So speak, and so do, as men who are to be judged by a law of freedom.
- World English Bible

Thus speke ye, and thus do ye, as bigynnynge to be demyd bi the lawe of fredom.
- Wycliffe Bible

so speak ye and so do, as about by a law of liberty to be judged,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:12

2:12 So speak and act - In all things. As they that shall be judged - Without respect of persons. By the law of liberty - The gospel; the law of universal love, which alone is perfect freedom. For their transgressions of this, both in word and deed, the wicked shall be condemned; and according to their works, done in obedience to this, the righteous will be rewarded.

People's Bible Notes for James 2:12

Jas 2:12 So speak ye, and so do. So act as one judged by the law of liberty. The Gospel, which is not a law of outward compulsion, but of a new and willing spirit. See Ro 8:2,15.

Discussion for James 2

  • Jim
    Faith is action, not just talk but walk also, the Christian life is not fake or phony. a person can fool other people but you can not fool the All Mighty God.
  • A disciple
    Tamar; Faith without works, action, a conduct and course in life reflecting the word and grace put in the heart by God; faith without works is like a dead corpse. It is the spirit that animates the body with life; and so the body functions and continually works to maintain and support its life, but the spirit is the life. Thank you for your post! We are so blessed to have the Word of God!
  • Tamar
    I love the last verse faith without works is dead like a dead body when the spirit leaves it it's very important to have working faith in God amen.
  • A disciple
    Amen Sister; Its interesting too, that when we aren't in such a hurry to let everyone know everything we stand for as a Christian; that the Holy Spirit is well able to convict others by seeing our Christian conduct and character, without preaching! Then, when we do get a chance to speak with them, the Lord can freely speak through us because we have proven trustworthy in QUIETLY WALKING IN TRUTH.
  • Carolyn Rowe
    I have read this chapter before, but today, it has new meaning for me. I can see that I have been too judgmental in my thinking. If we profess faith, it should inspire love and a desire to do good to others. Our faith should be apparent in our walk even without an outward profession. faith and works together make a complete Christian.
  • Donna Cromb
    Verse 14: I had to think on faith without works and was led to the realization that he's talking about obedience! Saying I believe isn't enough, surrendering the will to God and obeying His will is true faith. For instance He said repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, yet some still think I few sprinkles as an infant will save them, or going to church Sunday and still sinning is ok.

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