A Journey Through James- James 2:1-7 Study Aid
1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
James 2:1-7 (NKJV)
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1 My brothers [and sisters], stop holding the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the [Lord] of Glory, with accepting of faces [fig., with a prejudiced attitude]. 2 For if a man comes into your synagogue with a gold ring, in elegant clothing, and there comes in also a poor [man] in filthy clothing, 3 and you look with care upon the one wearing the elegant clothing and say to him, “You, be sitting here, please [or, in this good seat],” and to the poor [man] you say, “You, stand there,” or, “Be sitting here under my footstool,” 4 and [so] did you not make distinctions among yourselves and [so] became judges with evil thought processes [or, motives]? 5 Pay attention, my beloved brothers [and sisters]: God chose the poor [ones] of the world [to be] rich [ones] in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to the ones loving Him, did He not? 6 But you dishonored the poor one. The rich [ones] oppress you, and they drag you into [the] courts, do they not? 7 They blaspheme the good Name by which you were called, do they not?
James 2:1-7 (Analytical Literal Translation of The New Testament of The Holy Bible -ALT)
1 My brothers, do not with partiality have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a gold-fingered man in splendid clothing comes into your synagogue, and a poor one in shabby clothing also comes in; 3 and you look on the one wearing the splendid clothing, and say to him, You sit here comfortably; and to the poor one you say, You stand there, or, Sit here under my footstool; 4 did you not also make a difference among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Hear, my beloved brothers, did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to the ones loving Him? 6 But you dishonored the poor one. Do not the rich ones oppress you, and they drag you to judgment seats? 7 Do they not blaspheme the good Name called on you?
James 2:1-7 (Literal Translation of the Holy Bible – LITV)
1 My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons 2 For if there come into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile clothing 3 and ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool 4 are ye not divided in your own mind, and become judges with evil thoughts 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world [to be] rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him 6 But ye have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats 7 Do not they blaspheme the honourable name by the which ye are called…
James 2:1-7 (Revised Version- RV)
1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
James 2:1-7 (ESV)
1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
James 2:1-7 (NIV)
1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?
2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?
5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? 6 But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?
James 2:1-7 (NLT)
A Non-Exhaustive Topical Study on What God Says about the Poor:
Exodus 22:25-27; 23:1-3, 6-11
Leviticus 19:10, 13-15
Deuteronomy 15:1-11; 24:10-15
1 Samuel 2:7-8
Job 34:19-20, 28; 36:15
Psalms 9:18; 12:5; 14:4-6; 35:9-10; 37; 40:16-17; 41:1-3; 68:9-10; 72 (throughout); 73 (a correction in the perspective of a man of God who was going through troubles); 82:3-4
Proverbs 10:4, 15; 13 (throughout); 14:20-21, 31; 17:1, 5; 19:1, 4, 7, 15, 17, 22-24; 21:13, 17, 25-26; 22:1-2, 4, 7-9, 16, 22-23; 28:3, 6, 8, 11, 15, 19, 21-22, 27; 29:3, 7, 13-14; 30:8-9; 31:20
Isaiah 58; 61:1-4
Matthew 11:2-6; 19:16-26; 25:31-46
Luke 4:16-21; 6:20-21; 7:20-23; 14:12-14; 16:19-31; 18:18-27
Some Scriptures Showing God is not Against the Rich in and of Themselves. (God wants everyone to have the proper perspective of riches. It’s OK for people to have physical riches as long as physical riches don’t have them):
A rich man’s impressive faith!
Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:2-10
Zacchaeus. A man transformed by Messiah Yeshua’s love!
Joseph of Arimathea. A rich man who fulfills one of the prophecies of our coming Messiah as he gives his tomb to the King of Kings Messiah Yeshua Who died for us all and was ready to rise from the dead for us all!
Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:38-42
Nicodemus. A rabbi in Israel who meets the ultimate Rabbi and is transformed by his Rabbi and Messiah Yeshua!
John 3:1-21; John 7:37-52; John 19:38-42
Cornelius. A Gentile who loved God and was about to meet God’s only Way of Salvation for all and show God’s love for all!
God’s direction and encouragement for those who are physically rich:
1 Timothy 6:17-19