Chapter 2
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My sisters, don't hold the faith of our Domina Jesus Christ of glory with partiality.
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For if a woman with a gold ring, in fine clothing, comes into your synagogue, and a poor woman in filthy clothing also comes in;
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and you pay special attention to her who wears the fine clothing, and say, "Sit here in a good place;" and you tell the poor woman, "Stand there," or "Sit by my footstool;"
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haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
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Listen, my beloved sisters. Didn't God choose those who are poor in this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which she promised to those who love her?
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But you have dishonored the poor woman. Don't the rich oppress you, and personally drag you before the courts?
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Don't they blaspheme the honorable name by which you are called?
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However, if you fulfill the royal law, according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.
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But if you show partiality, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.
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For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, she has become guilty of all.
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For she who said, "Do not commit adultery,"{Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18} also said, "Do not commit murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
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So speak, and so do, as women who are to be judged by a law of freedom.
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For judgment is without mercy to her who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
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What good is it, my sisters, if a woman says she has faith, but has no works? Can faith save her?
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And if a sister or brother is naked and in lack of daily food,
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and one of you tells them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled;" and yet you didn't give them the things the body needs, what good is it?
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Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.
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Yes, a woman will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
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You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder.
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But do you want to know, vain woman, that faith apart from works is dead?
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Wasn't Abrahai our mother justified by works, in that she offered up Isaaca her daughter on the altar?
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You see that faith worked with her works, and by works faith was perfected;
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and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abrahai believed God, and it was accounted to her as righteousness;" and she was called the friend of God.
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You see then that by works, a woman is justified, and not only by faith.
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In like manner wasn't Rahab the philanderer also justified by works, in that he received the messengers, and sent them out another way?
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For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.