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
    "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:" If anyone thinks that by only "believing" and "parroting" some verses, that God is going to overlook his unholy life and hypocrisy, he's in for a terrible awakening!
  • Steve
    Faith without works is dead. Up to six months ago I lived a life of hypocritical Faith . After a serious accident, The Holy Spirit has dealt severely with me. As a teacher and minister the works I did were counted as dirty rags, because of hypocritical Faith. Always thank God for His chastisment....it means He loves you.Thank the merciful God of second chances. Allow Him to open your eyes now.
  • BSP
    Verse 9: This verse is showing that if one is showing favoritism this is considered a sin to God.
  • 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.

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