James 2:13

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For he shall haue iudgement without mercie, that hath shewed no mercy, & mercie reioyceth against iudgement.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For judgment {will be} merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For judgment `is' without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the man who has had no mercy will be judged without mercy, but mercy takes pride in overcoming judging.
- Basic English Bible

for judgment [will be] without mercy to him that has shewn no mercy. Mercy glories over judgment.
- Darby Bible

For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
- Webster's Bible

For he who shows no mercy will have judgement given against him without mercy; but mercy triumphs over judgement.
- Weymouth Bible

For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
- World English Bible

For whi dom with out merci is to hym, that doith no mercy; but merci aboue reisith dom.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the judgment without kindness [is] to him not having done kindness, and exult doth kindness over judgment.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:13


2:13 Judgment without mercy shall be to him - In that day. Who hath showed no mercy - To his poor brethren. But the mercy of God to believers, answering to that which they have shown, will then glory over judgment.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:13


Jas 2:13 He shall have judgment without mercy. We must show mercy if we expect mercy. Our own spirit determines our manner of judgment. See Mt 6:15. If we love our neighbor, God will love us.

Discussion for James 2

  • A disciple
    GAR (cont.) That's just it, isn't it? "Let your light thus shine before men, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN." Why did Cain murder his brother? Because his own WORKS were evil, AND HIS BROTHER'S RIGHTEOUS. By what will the Spirit in us convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; if not by our love for Jesus SHOWN BY keeping His commandments?
  • A disciple
    GAR; What doth it profit? IS RIGHT!
  • GAR
    What doth it profit? What does your faith profit to the observer if he cannot see any works? Can faith, not being seen by works, bring the observer to a point where he will be saved? Can faith, that has works to show the faith, communicate to the observer truths which can save him? I want my faith to be seen by my works so that people, observers, can possibly come to the point of being saved.
  • Ray Jay
    All the good works you do and attempt to do are because of your faith.

    One thing to remember, when you do those good works 100% of glory should also go to God; which again, a work (testimony) you will do, because of your faith. Amazing!

    PS. I Need to be better at what I just preached above.

  • Ann Hering
    James is written to the twelve tribes which are scattered. James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. We are not under a works based salvation in the dispensation of the grace of God given to us by the Apostle Paul. Faith and works is only for Israel and will be what is required for salvation during the 7 year Tribulation period.
  • A disciple
    servant; I think what you're trying to say, Faith calls those things that be not, as though they are; and our manner of life, character and behavior, makes manifest what kind we are. Did I get that right? And yes, I agree, some things are known in part and manifest just now; but only when we are brought before God at the last day shall we know perfectly all things about ourselves and everyone.

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