James 2:3

“And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for James 2:3

And yee haue respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say vnto him, Sit thou here in a good place: and say to the poore, Stand thou there, or sit here vnder my footstoole:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place, and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And you do honour to the man in fair clothing and say, Come here and take this good place; and you say to the poor man, Take up your position there, or be seated at my feet;
- Basic English Bible

and ye look upon him who wears the splendid apparel, and say, Do thou sit here well, and say to the poor, Do thou stand there, or sit here under my footstool:
- Darby Bible

And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say to him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
- Webster's Bible

and you pay court to the one who wears the fine clothes, and say, "Sit here; this is a good place;" while to the poor man you say, "Stand there, or sit on the floor at my feet;"
- Weymouth Bible

and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, "Sit here in a good place;" and you tell the poor man, "Stand there," or "Sit by my footstool;"
- World English Bible

and if ye biholden in to hym that is clothid with clere clothing, and if ye seie to hym, Sitte thou here wel; but to the pore man ye seien, Stonde thou there, ethir sitte vndur the stool of my feet; whether ye demen not anentis you silf,
- Wycliffe Bible

and ye may look upon him bearing the gay raiment, and may say to him, `Thou -- sit thou here well,' and to the poor man may say, `Thou -- stand thou there, or, Sit thou here under my footstool,' --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for James 2:3

Wesley's Notes for James 2:3


2:3 Ye look upon him - With respect.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:3


Jas 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing. Show respect not to the character but to the clothes, by giving one a welcome and a good seat, while the other is treated contemptuously, allowed to stand or to sit in a very uncomfortable place. Does not this describe the spirit of half the churches of our time?

Discussion for James 2:3

  • Alyson slaughtergilbert on James 2:3
    Would like to know what Bible Scriptures support celebrating manmade holidays is not about the most high.
  • Chris - in Reply on James 2:3
    Just my thoughts: I don't believe there's any prohibition in the Bible to 'celebrating' or even just acknowledging holidays created by men (governments). Even Christmas & Easter, which we know, have their roots in paganism, but has been 'christianized' to remember the Lord in His Birth, Death & Resurrection. Each one has to decide in his/her own heart what they consider as acceptable, proper Christian belief & practise. It's when you get into countries that do not have a Judeo/Christian basis of government or values, then the believers in those countries may get their holidays as time off work as others do, but should not participate in their celebrations. The Hindus & Muslims have their specific holidays which are rooted deeply in their religion & practises, so it won't be correct for the Christian to identify with those; however, many do.

    The early Church, as we read in the New Testament, often met together for fellowship, ministry from the Word & the breaking of bread. At this time, as I picture it, they would have found in & during their fellowship meal, the time to quieten their hearts & be led in remembrance of their Lord & Saviour, in what Christendom now celebrates as Christmas & Easter as well. So we can't judge one another in this matter - each has to be convinced in his/her own heart, respecting those who wish to acknowledge or distance themselves from any particular celebration. And I don't believe the Lord would be concerned either, rather how the Christian's heart behaves, not only in this matter, but all that comes before us requiring our thought & decision.
  • Mild Bill - in Reply on James 2:3
    "Once saved always saved? Can a saved person lose his soul?"

    That depends on who saved them. If God saved them they can never be lost, if they saved themselves through their choice/free will, it stands to reason that they can then choose or will themselves to be lost.
  • Staying Close To The Holy Spirit in Your Heart - in Reply on James 2:3
    Mark 3:28-29

    Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

    BUT he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath NEVER FORGIVENESS , but is in DANGER of eternal damnation:

    Luke 12:10

    And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

    2 Timothy 3:2

    For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    The Work of the Holy Spirit. John 16

    "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to him (Father) who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper (HOLY SPIRIT) will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when HE comes, HE will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in ME; 10concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world (Satan) is judged.

    12"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, HE will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he HEARS, he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

    My comment: if the Holy Spirit is not calling you (in your born again spirit), to return to Jesus, you are in danger of blaspheming.

    Mishael
  • Clause on James 2:3
    What does it mean when it says in James 2:3 the poor man wearing 'gay' Clothing? I assume it means a person wearing dirty or raggedy clothes
  • Stanley - in Reply on James 2:3
    I Believe Paul was speaking simply about the way believers and church folks, And how snooty we can get. The gay clothing is referring to nice clothing and the people that wear them getting more recognition and placement or seating. As opposed to poor clothing and people not being given the same acknowledgement, placement or even seating in church or society. I hope this helps.
  • Dahg - in Reply on James 2:3
    Sorry to tell you, but Paul didn't write the book of James. It was James the Lords' brother and he was writing to Jewish believers who knew the "law" and instructing them on how to 'come out from among her my people.'
  • Rod - in Reply on James 2:3
    James chapter 2 is one of those corner stones in our every day christian life, if you read the rest of the chapter it becomes self explanatory that Paul is talking about having respect (judging) of persons, as to what they wear, in other words he tells us to be aware of our own prejudices to people simply because one is dressed better than the other, we could even think of such things as racial prejudices that we see in today's world, rich and poor, and so on.

    James 2:4 "Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?"

    James 2:6 "But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?"

    James 2:8 "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:"

    James 2:9 "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."

    James 2:26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
  • Rod - in Reply on James 2:3
    hi Dahg your correct on the author of the book of James, my apology


 

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