James Chapter 2
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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It is not agreeable to Christian profession to regard the rich, and to despise the poore brethren: 13 rather wee are to be louing, and mercifull: 14 And not to boast of faith where no deedes are, 17 which is but a dead faith, 19 the faith of deuils, 21 not of Abraham, 25 and Rahab.
My brethren, haue not the faith of our Lord Iesus Christ the Lord of glorie, with respect of persons.
For if there come vnto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poore man, in vile raiment:2
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:3
Are yee not then partiall in your selues, and are become iudges of euill thoughts?
Hearken, my beloued brethren, Hath not God chosen the poore of this world, rich in faith, and heires of the kingdome, which hee hath promised to them that loue him?5
But yee haue despised the poore. Doe not rich men oppresse you, and draw you before the Iudgement seats?
Doe not they blaspheme that worthy Name, by the which ye are called?
Faith and workes.
If ye fulfil the royall Law, according to the Scripture, Thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe, ye doe well.
But if ye haue respect to persons, ye commit sinne, and are conuinced of the Law, as transgressours.
For whosoeuer shall keepe the whole Law, & yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
For he that said, Doe not commit adultery; sayd also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressour of the Law.11
So speake ye, and so doe, as they that shall bee iudged by the Law of libertie.
For he shall haue iudgement without mercie, that hath shewed no mercy, & mercie reioyceth against iudgement.13
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say hee hath faith, and haue not workes? can faith saue him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of dayly foode,
And one of you say vnto them, Depart in peace, be you warmed & filled: notwithstanding ye giue them not those things which are needfull to the body: what doth it profit?
Euen so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone.17
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I haue workes: shew mee thy faith without thy workes, and I will shew thee my faith by my workes.18
Thou beleeuest that there is one God, thou doest well: the deuils also beleeue, and tremble.
But wilt thou knowe, O vaine man, that faith without workes is dead?
Was not Abraham our father iustified by works, when hee had offered Isaac his sonne vpon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?22
And the Scripture was fullfiled which saith, Abraham beleeued God, and it was imputed vnto him for righteousnes: and he was called the friend of God.23
Ye see then, how that by workes a man is iustified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also, was not Rahab the harlot iustified by works, when she had receiued the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
Of the tongue
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without workes is dead also.26
James Chapter 2 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Gr. Synagogue.
3 Or, well, or seemely.
5 Or, that.
11 Or, that Law which said.
13 Or, glorieth
17 Gr. by it selfe.
18 Some copies reade, by thy workes.
22 Or, thou seest.
23 Gen.15.6 rom.4.3. gal.3.6.
26 Or, breath.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania