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II.  My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons.

2For if there have come into your assembly a man with a gold ring, in gay clothing, and there have come in also a poor man in mean clothing;

3and ye have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say: Sit thou here in a good place, and say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or, Sit under my footstool;

4were ye not partial in yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

5Hearken, my beloved brethren. Did not God choose the poor as to this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to those who love him?

6But ye dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and do not they drag you before the judgment-seats?

7Do not they blaspheme the worthy name by which ye are called?

8If indeed ye fulfill the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well.

9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

10For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

11For he who said: Do not commit adultery, said also: Do not kill. Now if thou commit not adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

12So speak, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

13For the judgment shall be without mercy, to him that showed no mercy. Mercy glories over judgment.

14What does it profit, my brethren, if any one say that he has faith, and have not works? Can the faith save him?

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

16and one of you say to them: Depart in peace, be warmed, and be filled, but ye give them not the things needful for the body, what does it profit?

17So also faith, if it has not works, is dead in itself.

18But some will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works; show me thy faith without the works, and I will show thee the faith by my works.

19Thou believest that God is one. Thou doest well; the demons also believe, and tremble.

20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made complete.

23And the scripture was fulfilled which says: Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness; and he was called, Friend of God.

24Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25And in like manner, was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she received the messengers, and sent them out by another way?

26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.