James 2

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord (Adonai) YHWH haMashiach, Lord (Adon) of glory, with respect of persons.

2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

3 And you have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, “Sit you here in a good place;” and say to the poor, “Stand you there, or sit here under my footstool;”

4 Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God (Elohim, יהוה (YHWH)) chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him?

6 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?

7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by which you are called?

8 If you fulfil the royal Law (Torah) according to the scripture, “You shalt love your neighbour as yourself,” you do well; – Lev. 19:18

9 But if you have respect to persons (show partiality), you commit sin, and are convicted by the Law (Torah) as transgressors.

10 For whosoever shall keep the whole Law (Torah), and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

11 For he that said, “Do not commit adultery,” said also, “Do not kill.” Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the Law (Torah). – Exo. 20:13, Deu. 5:17

12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the Law (Torah) of liberty (which gives freedom).

13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

14 What doth it profits, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?

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

16 And one of you say unto them, “Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled;” notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profits?

17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

18 Yea, a man may say, “You have faith, and I have works; shew me your faith without your works, and I will shew you my faith by my works.

19 You believest that there is one God (Elohim); you doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble. – Deu. 6:4

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

21 Was not Avraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac (Yitschaq) his son upon the altar?

22 Seest you how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, “Avraham believed יהוה (YHWH), and it was imputed unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of יהוה (YHWH). – Gen. 15:6, Isa. 41:8, 2 Chro. 20:7

24 You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

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