Tiago 2

1 My brethren, hold not, in respect of persons, the faith of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 for if there may come into your synagogue a man with gold ring, in gay raiment, and there may come in also a poor man in vile raiment,

3 and you may look upon him bearing the gay raiment, and may say to him, 'You -- sit you here well,' and to the poor man may say, 'You -- stand you there, or, Sit you here under my footstool,' --

4 you did not judge fully in yourselves, and did become ill-reasoning judges.

5 Hearken, my brethren beloved, did not God choose the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the reign that He promised to those loving Him?

6 and you did dishonour the poor one; do not the rich oppress you and themselves draw you to judgment-seats;

7 do they not themselves speak evil of the good name that was called upon you?

8 If, indeed, royal law you complete, according to the Writing, 'You shall love thy neighbour as thyself,' -- you do well;

9 and if you accept persons, sin you do work, being convicted by the law as transgressors;

10 for whoever the whole law shall keep, and shall stumble in one point, he has become guilty of all;

11 for He who is saying, 'You may not commit adultery,' said also, 'You may do no murder;' and if you shall not commit adultery, and shall commit murder, you have become a transgressor of law;

12 so speak you and so do, as about by a law of liberty to be judged,

13 for the judgment without kindness is to him not having done kindness, and exult does kindness over judgment.

14 What is the profit, my brethren, if faith, any one may speak of having, and works he may not have? is that faith able to save him?

15 and if a brother or sister may be naked, and may be destitute of the daily food,

16 and any one of you may say to them, 'Depart you in peace, be warmed, and be filled,' and may not give to them the things needful for the body, what is the profit?

17 so also the faith, if it may not have works, is dead by itself.

18 But say may some one, You have faith, and I have works, show me thy faith out of thy works, and I will show you out of my works my faith:

19 you -- you do believe that God is one; you do well, and the demons believe, and they shudder!

20 And do you wish to know, O vain man, that the faith apart from the works is dead?

21 Abraham our father -- was not he declared righteous out of works, having brought up Isaac his son upon the altar?

22 do you see that the faith was working with his works, and out of the works the faith was perfected?

23 and fulfilled was the Writing that is saying, 'And Abraham did believe God, and it was reckoned to him -- to righteousness;' and, 'Friend of God' he was called.

24 You see, then, that out of works is man declared righteous, and not out of faith only;

25 and in like manner also Rahab the harlot -- was she not out of works declared righteous, having received the messengers, and by another way having sent forth?

26 for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also the faith apart from the works is dead.