Main point summary
Live as one who will give account, specifically with regards to showing partiality. After all, the one who has received much mercy should delight in showing the same.
My brothers, 1 w show no partiality
as you hold the faith
in our Lord Jesus Christ,
x the Lord of glory.
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,
and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing
“You sit here in a good place,”
y while you say to the poor man,
“You stand over there,”
or, “Sit down at my feet,”
have you not then made distinctions among yourselves
and become z judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my beloved brothers,
a has not God chosen those who are poor in the world
to be b rich in faith
and heirs of c the kingdom,
d which he has promised to those who love him?
But you e have dishonored the poor man.
Are not the rich the ones who oppress you,
and the ones who f drag you g into court?
Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable h name
by which you were called?
If you really fulfill the royal law
according to the Scripture,
i “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,”
you are doing well.
But if you j show partiality,
you are committing sin
and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
For whoever keeps the whole law
but fails in one point
k has become accountable for all of it.
For he who said,
l “Do not commit adultery,”
l “Do not murder.”
If you do not commit adultery
but do murder,
you have become a transgressor of the law.
and so act
as those who are to be judged
under m the law of liberty.
For n judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment.