James 2:6

“But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But yee haue despised the poore. Doe not rich men oppresse you, and draw you before the Iudgement seats?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But ye have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats?
- American Standard Version (1901)

But you have put the poor man to shame. Are not the men of wealth rulers over you? do they not take you by force before their judges?
- Basic English Bible

But *ye* have despised the poor [man]. Do not the rich oppress you, and [do not] *they* drag you before [the] tribunals?
- Darby Bible

But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment-seats?
- Webster's Bible

But *you* have put dishonour upon the poor man. Yet is it not the rich who grind you down? Are not they the very people who drag you into the Law courts? --
- Weymouth Bible

But you have dishonored the poor man. Don't the rich oppress you, and personally drag you before the courts?
- World English Bible

But ye han dispisid the pore man. Whether riche men oppressen not you bi power, and thei drawen you to domes?
- Wycliffe Bible

and ye did dishonour the poor one; do not the rich oppress you and themselves draw you to judgment-seats;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:6


2:6 Do not the rich often oppress you - By open violence; often drag you - Under colour of law.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:6


Jas 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Those whom God accepts you reject. Do not rich men oppress you? The oppressors of the poor are usually the rich. They are the money lenders, those who bring suit for debt, and hence draw the poor before the judgment seats. Perhaps also there is an allusion to the fact that they were the persecutors.

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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