D. Having No Respect of Persons
among the Brothers
1 My abrothers, do not hold the 1bfaith of our Lord Jesus Christ 2of cglory with drespect of persons.
2 For if there comes into your 1synagogue a man with agold rings in splendid clothing, and there also comes in a bpoor man in filthy clothing,
3 And you look upon the one wearing the splendid clothing and say, You sit here in a good place, and to the poor man you say, You stand there, or sit under my footstool;
4 Have you not made 1adistinctions 2among yourselves and become judges with evil reasonings?
5 Listen, my beloved brothers: Did not God achoose the poor 1in the world to be brich in faith and heirs of the 2ckingdom, which He dpromised to those who 3elove Him?
6 But you have adishonored the poor. Is it not the brich who oppress you and is it not they who cdrag you to the 1courts?
7 Is it not they who blaspheme the 1honorable aname 2by which you are called?
8 If indeed you are fulfilling the 1royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall 2alove your neighbor as yourself,'' you do well;
9 But if you arespect persons, you 1commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever 1keeps the whole alaw yet stumbles in bone point has become guilty of all.
11 For He who said, Do not commit aadultery, also said, Do not murder. Now if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12 1So speak and so do as those who are to be ajudged by the 2blaw of freedom.
13 For the judgment is without amercy to him who has shown no mercy; mercy 1triumphs over judgment.