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
    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.
  • Lu2677
    James 2:23 "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: And he was called the Friend of God." For the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." Be not hearers only of the word, but doers also. The righteous, the faithful, those that have the love of the truth are His friends. Amen
  • Jeff mauney
    A reminder that we can forget to walk by faith instead of sight and to always guard your heart and know that god is love . And as a man thinks so is he. Perfect love cast out all fear. Character is developed when you do for someone that can never pay you back
  • A disciple
    24 "Ye see that a man is justified of works, and not of faith only." By our works, our practice and doing, our course in life; is our faith made perfect, completed, fulfilled. Like we know it is an Apple Tree because there are apples on it; so we know our calling and election of God because the effects of His mercy and grace wrought in our heart are reflected in our way of life, and our character.

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