James 2:8

“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If ye fulfil the royall Law, according to the Scripture, Thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe, ye doe well.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF, you are doing well."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Howbeit if ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if you keep the greatest law of all, as it is given in the holy Writings, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself, you do well:
- Basic English Bible

If indeed ye keep [the] royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.
- Darby Bible

If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:
- Webster's Bible

If, however, you are keeping the Law as supreme, in obedience to the Commandment which says "You are to love your fellow man just as you love yourself," you are acting rightly.
- Weymouth Bible

However, if you fulfill the royal law, according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.
- World English Bible

Netheles if ye performen the kingis lawe, bi scripturis, Thou schalt loue thi neiybour as thi silf, ye don wel.
- Wycliffe Bible

If, indeed, royal law ye complete, according to the Writing, `Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,' -- ye do well;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:8


2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law - The supreme law of the great King which is love; and that to every man, poor as well as rich, ye do well. #Lev 19:18|.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:8


Jas 2:8 The royal law according to the scripture. The law of love for one's neighbor (Le 19:8), which is the fulfillment of the law. See Ga 5:14.

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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