James 2:8-10

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. NIV

8 Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s royal command found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” F7 9 But if you pay special attention to the rich, you are committing a sin, for you are guilty of breaking that law. 10 And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God’s laws.  NLT

8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” F3 you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.  NKJV

James 2:6-7

6 But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?

 And yet, you insult the poor man! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?  NLT

But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?  NKJV

James 2:5

5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?  NIV

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?  NLT
Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God.  The Message
Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? NKJV

James 2:2-4

These three verses needed all of them to study it in full so I posted all at once…

2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?  NIV

2 For instance, suppose someone comes into your meeting F6 dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in shabby clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor” – well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that you are guided by wrong motives?  NLT

2 If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, 3 and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” 4 haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted? The Message

 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?  NKJV

James 2:1

Squirt, LaLa and everyone else…3 Things…1)  if you dont understand, explain what you don’t understand – Ask questions 2)  Do you go back and read our responses…because if you are, then why are you not leaving posts about what you have read….give us feedback if that answered your questions or if you are still confused 3)  go to http://www.crosswalk.com type in the verse and then click the lil box that says include study notes…then read a few commentaries to help you better understand…Don’t just give up, try, study, read….do more than just read whats on the blog and then be like owell i dont know what that means….tell us what ya dont understand and then  try to study a bit on your own…

And now for todays scripture

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. NIV

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people more than others? NLT

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith.  The Message

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.  NKJV

James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  NIV
Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us. NLT
Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.  The Message
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.  NKJV

James 1:26

Before anything do me a favor and go read White Ricks post from James 1:25…it is the 4th comment down…He has two so dont forget to scroll down to his second one.

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. NIV

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.  NLT

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air.  The Message

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.  NKJV

James 1:25

           But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does NIV

But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law – the law that sets you free – and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. NLT
But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God – the free life! – even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.  The Message
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.  NKJV

James 1:24

and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  NIV
You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like NLT
walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.  The Message
for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

On a side note…Amy and I are having posting issues…Every time we leave a comment it does not post to the site and when we try to recomment it says duplicate messages detected and no post…so please don’t think we are not doing them, we are its just not posting…

James 1:23

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror  (NIV)

Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror;  (Holman)