It is not agreeable to Christian profession to regard the rich, and to despise the poor brethren:
James 2:1 My brethren, haue not the fayth of our Lorde Iesus Christe, the Lord of glorie, with respect of persons. James 2:2 For yf there come into your companie a man wearing a golde ryng, clothed in goodly apparell, and there come in also a poore man in vile rayment: James 2:3 And ye haue a respect to hym that weareth the gay clothyng, and say vnto hym, sitte thou here in a good place: & say vnto the poore, stande thou there, or sitte here vnder my footestoole: James 2:4 Are ye not partiall in your selues, and are made iudges of euyll thoughtes? James 2:5 Hearken my deare beloued brethren. Hath not God chosen the poore of this worlde, such as are riche in fayth, and heyres of the kyngdome, which he promised to them that loue hym? James 2:6 But ye haue despised the poore. Do not riche men oppresse you by tirannie, and drawe you before the iudgementes seates? James 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that good name by the which you are named? James 2:8 If ye fulfyll the royal lawe, according to the scripture, thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe, ye do well: James 2:9 But yf ye regarde one person more then another, ye commit sinne, and are rebuked of the lawe, as transgressours. James 2:10 Whosoeuer shal kepe the whole lawe, and yet fayle in one poynt, he is gyltie of all. James 2:11 For he that sayde, thou shalt not commit adulterie: sayde also, thou shalt not kyll. Though thou do none adulterie, yet yf thou kyll, thou art become a transgressour of the lawe. James 2:12 So speake ye, and so do, as they that shalbe iudged by the lawe of libertie.
rather we are to be loving and merciful:
James 2:13 For he shall haue iudgement without mercie, that sheweth no mercie: And mercie reioyceth agaynst iudgement.
and not to boast of faith where no deeds are,
James 2:14 What profiteth it my brethren, though a man say he hath fayth, and hath not deedes? Can fayth saue hym? James 2:15 If a brother or a sister be naked, and destitute of dayly foode, James 2:16 And one of you say vnto them, depart in peace, be you warmed and fylled: notwithstandyng, ye geue them not those thinges which are nedefull to, the body, what shall it profite?
which is but a dead faith,
James 2:17 Euen so, fayth, yf it haue not deedes, is dead in it selfe: James 2:18 But some man wyll say, thou hast fayth and I haue deedes: shewe me thy fayth by thy deedes, and I wyll shewe thee my faith by my deedes.
the faith of devils,
James 2:19 Beleuest thou that there is one God? Thou doest well. The deuyls also beleue, and tremble. James 2:20 But wylt thou knowe, O thou vayne man, that that fayth which is without workes, is dead?
not of Abraham,
James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father iustified through workes, when he had offered Isaac his sonne vpon the aulter? James 2:22 Seest thou not, howe ye faith wrought with his deedes, and through ye deedes was the fayth made perfect? James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfylled, which sayth: Abraham beleued God, and it was reputed vnto hym for ryghteousnesse: And he was called the friende of God. James 2:24 Ye see then, howe that of deedes a man is iustified, and not of fayth only.
James 2:25 Lykewyse also, was not Rahab the harlot iustified through workes, when she had receaued the messengers, and had sent them out another way? James 2:26 For as the body without the spirite is dead: euen so, fayth without workes, is dead [also]