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 2:13

  • God will treat us as we have treated others
  • If one refuses to be merciful in their dealing with others, they will also fail to receive mercy. This shows that we need to treat others the way we would like to be treated and show compassion to our fellow man.
  • Counterpart to this in people in our society
  • Its true that what a man sows,he will reap ie. you plant judgement to others without considering giving them some chance or benefit of doubts,the same judgements becomes grown and you are the first to reap its fruit!.

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