Modern Literal Version
[James 2]

     2:1 My brethren, doĎ not have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, in favoritism. 2:2 For* if a man comes into yourĎ congregation with a gold ring, in bright apparel andif a poor person in filthy apparel also comes in, 2:3 youĎ may have looked upon the one who is wearing the bright apparel and may have said to him, Sit here; good; and youĎ may have said to the poor person, Stand there or sit here under my footstool. 2:4 And did youĎ not discern among yourselves and then became judges from evil reasonings?

     2:5 ListenĎ, my beloved brethren. Did God not choose the poor of the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to those who love* him? 2:6 But youĎ have dishonored the poor. Are the rich not oppressing youĎ? And are they themselves not dragging youĎ into the courts? 2:7 Are they not blaspheming the good name, the one which was surnamed upon youĎ? {Act 11:26}2:8 Nevertheless, if youĎ complete the royal law, according to the Scripture, 'You will love* your neighbor like yourself,' youĎ are doing well. {Lev 19:18}2:9 But if youĎ have shown-favoritism, youĎ are working sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

     2:10 For* whoever will be keeping the whole law and yet will trip in one point, he has become liable to all of it. 2:11 For* he who said, 'Do not commit adultery,' also said, 'Do not murder.' {Exo 20:13-14, Deu 5:17-18} But if you will not commit adultery, but yet you will commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 2:12 SpeakĎ so and practiceĎ so, as one who is about to be judged by the law of freedom. 2:13 For* the judgment is merciless to the one who has not practiced mercy; mercy wins over judgment.

     2:14 My brethren, what is the profit, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Is that faith able to save him? 2:15 But if a brother or sister is* naked and may be deficient of daily nourishment, 2:16 and anyone out of youĎ may say to them, GoĎ away in peace. BeĎ warmed and beĎ fed, but doĎ not give to them the body's requirements; what is the profit? 2:17 So also yourfaith, if it does not have works, is dead in itself.

     2:18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith away from your works. I will also show you my faith from my works. 2:19 You believe that God is one; you are doing well. The demons also believe and they are shuddering. 2:20 But O vain man, are you willing to know that faith is dead without works?

     2:21 Was not Abraham our father made righteous from works, having offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works and his faith was completed from his works? 2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'And Abraham believed God and it was counted to him *for righteousness,' and he was called the friend of God.{Gen 15:6}2:24 Now-then, are youĎ seeing that a man is made righteous from works and not from faith alone? 2:25 Now likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also made righteous from works, when* she accepted the messengers and put them out a different way? {Jos 2:1, 6:17, 23}2:26 For*just-as the body without a spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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