James 2:9

“But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if ye haue respect to persons, ye commit sinne, and are conuinced of the Law, as transgressours.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if you show partiality, you are committing sin {and} are convicted by the law as transgressors.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if you take a man's position into account, you do evil, and are judged as evil-doers by the law.
- Basic English Bible

But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
- Darby Bible

But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
- Webster's Bible

But if you are making distinctions between one man and another, you are guilty of sin, and are convicted by the Law as offenders.
- Weymouth Bible

But if you show partiality, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
- World English Bible

But if ye taken persones, ye worchen synne, and ben repreued of the lawe, as trespasseris.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if ye accept persons, sin ye do work, being convicted by the law as transgressors;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:9


2:9 Being convicted - By that very law. #Exod 23:3|.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:9


Jas 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons. Such partiality as that described in Jas 2:3. Ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. Would break this law, and hence would be a sin, and the sinner would be convicted as a transgressor.

Discussion for James 2

  • 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.
  • 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

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