So, then, my beloved
brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;
for the anger of man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God. Therefore,
putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with
humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers
of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. For if anyone
is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his
natural face in a mirror; for he sees himself, and goes away, and
immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the
perfect law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a
doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious while he doesn’t bridle
his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure
religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to visit the
fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by
My brothers, don’t hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with
partiality. For if a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, comes into your
synagogue, and a poor man in filthy clothing also comes in; and you pay
special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, “Sit here in
a good place”; and you tell the poor man, “Stand there,” or “Sit by my
footstool”; haven’t you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges
with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers. Didn’t God choose those who
are poor in this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which
he promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man.
Don’t the rich oppress you, and personally drag you before the courts? Don’t
they blaspheme the honorable name by which you are called? However, if you
fulfill the royal law, according to the Scripture, “You shall love your
neighbor as yourself,” you do well. But if you show partiality, you commit
sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the
whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For
he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.”
Now if you do not commit adultery, but murder, you have become a
transgressor of the law. So speak, and so do, as men who are to be judged by
a law of freedom. For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no
mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works?
Can faith save him? And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily
food, 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? Even so
faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.