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James 2:1-9 - Favoring Rich People Over Poor People
This is from a letter that the apostle James wrote to Jewish Christians, but it also applies to us:

Verse 1: "My brethren [fellow Christians], have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [see Note 1 below], the Lord of glory [our glorious (wonderful, magnificent) Lord], with respect of persons."

Verses 2-4: "For if there come unto your assembly
[to your church, as a visitor] a man [a rich person] with a gold ring, in goodly apparel [wearing expensive clothing], and there come in also a poor man [person] in vile raiment [filthy and ragged clothing]; And ye have respect to him [or her] that weareth the gay [fine, brightly colored] clothing [see Note 2 below], and say unto him [or her], Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor [person], Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool [stand, or (for example) sit on the floor]: Are ye not then partial in yourselves [showing partiality, or favoritism], and are become judges of evil thoughts [by thinking that the rich person is good and the poor person is bad, as when we 'judge a book by its cover']?"

Verse 5: "Hearken
[listen, pay attention], my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world [to be] rich in faith [to believe the gospel], and [through salvation, to be] heirs of the kingdom [of heaven] which he [God] hath promised to them that love him?"

Verses 6-7: "But ye have despised
[dishonored, insulted, shown contempt for] the poor. Do not rich men [people] oppress [overpower, overburden] you, and draw you before the judgment seats [make you stand before judges, as in court]? Do not they [the rich people] blaspheme [speak irreverently or disrespectfully of] that worthy name [i.e., Jesus Christ, the Son of God] by the which ye are called [Christians]?"

Verses 8-9: "If ye fulfil
[obey] the royal law [commandment of God] according to the scripture [in Leviticus 19:18, part of which says], Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well [that which is right] [see Note 3 below]: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of [convicted by] the law as transgressors [i.e., you are judged to be guilty of breaking the law]."
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Regarding several phrases in the above verses, Albert Barnes said:

Note 1: "Have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ - Faith is the distinguishing thing in the Christian religion, for it is this by which man is justified, and hence, it comes to be put for religion itself … The meaning here is, 'do not hold such views of the religion of Christ, as to lead you to manifest partiality to others on account of their difference of rank or outward circumstances.'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 1")

Note 2: "And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing - If you show him superior attention on account of his rich and gay apparel, giving him a seat by himself, and treating others with neglect or contempt. Religion does not forbid proper respect to rank, to office, to age, or to distinguished talents and services, though even in such cases it does not require that we should feel that such persons have any peculiar claims to salvation, or that they are not on a level with all others, as sinners before God; it does not forbid that a man who has the means of procuring for himself an eligible pew in a church should be permitted to do so; but it requires that men shall be regarded and treated according to their moral worth, and not according to their external adorning; that all shall be considered as in fact on a level before God, and entitled to the privileges which grow out of the worship of the Creator. A stranger coming into any place of worship, no matter what his rank, dress, or complexion, should be treated with respect, and everything should be done that can be to win his heart to the service of God."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 3")

Note 3: "Ye do well - That is, 'if you fairly comply with the spirit of this law, you do all that is required of you in regulating your intercourse [interactions] with others. You are to regard all persons as your 'neighbors,' and are to treat them according to their real worth; you are not to be influenced in judging of them, or in your treatment of them, by their apparel, or their complexion, or the circumstances of their birth, but by the fact that they are fellow-beings.' This is another reason why they should not show partiality in their treatment of others, for if, in the true sense, they regarded all others as 'neighbors,' they would treat no one with neglect or contempt."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 8")









James 2:1-9 - Favoring Rich People Over Poor People
This is from a letter that the apostle James wrote to Jewish Christians, but it also applies to us:

Verse 1: "My brethren [fellow Christians], have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [see Note 1 below], the Lord of glory [our glorious (wonderful, magnificent) Lord], with respect of persons."

Verses 2-4: "For if there come unto your assembly
[to your church, as a visitor] a man [a rich person] with a gold ring, in goodly apparel [wearing expensive clothing], and there come in also a poor man [person] in vile raiment [filthy and ragged clothing]; And ye have respect to him [or her] that weareth the gay [fine, brightly colored] clothing [see Note 2 below], and say unto him [or her], Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor [person], Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool [stand, or (for example) sit on the floor]: Are ye not then partial in yourselves [showing partiality, or favoritism], and are become judges of evil thoughts [by thinking that the rich person is good and the poor person is bad, as when we 'judge a book by its cover']?"

Verse 5: "Hearken
[listen, pay attention], my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world [to be] rich in faith [to believe the gospel], and [through salvation, to be] heirs of the kingdom [of heaven] which he [God] hath promised to them that love him?"

Verses 6-7: "But ye have despised
[dishonored, insulted, shown contempt for] the poor. Do not rich men [people] oppress [overpower, overburden] you, and draw you before the judgment seats [make you stand before judges, as in court]? Do not they [the rich people] blaspheme [speak irreverently or disrespectfully of] that worthy name [i.e., Jesus Christ, the Son of God] by the which ye are called [Christians]?"

Verses 8-9: "If ye fulfil
[obey] the royal law [commandment of God] according to the scripture [in Leviticus 19:18, part of which says], Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well [that which is right] [see Note 3 below]: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of [convicted by] the law as transgressors [i.e., you are judged to be guilty of breaking the law]."
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Regarding several phrases in the above verses, Albert Barnes said:

Note 1: "Have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ - Faith is the distinguishing thing in the Christian religion, for it is this by which man is justified, and hence, it comes to be put for religion itself … The meaning here is, 'do not hold such views of the religion of Christ, as to lead you to manifest partiality to others on account of their difference of rank or outward circumstances.'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 1")

Note 2: "And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing - If you show him superior attention on account of his rich and gay apparel, giving him a seat by himself, and treating others with neglect or contempt. Religion does not forbid proper respect to rank, to office, to age, or to distinguished talents and services, though even in such cases it does not require that we should feel that such persons have any peculiar claims to salvation, or that they are not on a level with all others, as sinners before God; it does not forbid that a man who has the means of procuring for himself an eligible pew in a church should be permitted to do so; but it requires that men shall be regarded and treated according to their moral worth, and not according to their external adorning; that all shall be considered as in fact on a level before God, and entitled to the privileges which grow out of the worship of the Creator. A stranger coming into any place of worship, no matter what his rank, dress, or complexion, should be treated with respect, and everything should be done that can be to win his heart to the service of God."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 3")

Note 3: "Ye do well - That is, 'if you fairly comply with the spirit of this law, you do all that is required of you in regulating your intercourse [interactions] with others. You are to regard all persons as your 'neighbors,' and are to treat them according to their real worth; you are not to be influenced in judging of them, or in your treatment of them, by their apparel, or their complexion, or the circumstances of their birth, but by the fact that they are fellow-beings.' This is another reason why they should not show partiality in their treatment of others, for if, in the true sense, they regarded all others as 'neighbors,' they would treat no one with neglect or contempt."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 8")










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Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 17

1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 17

1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.