English Standard Version
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
King James Bible
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
American Standard Version
For judgment is without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment.
For judgment without mercy to him that hath not done mercy. And mercy exalteth itself above judgment.
English Revised Version
For judgment is without mercy to him that hath shewed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment.
Webster's Bible Translation
For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
Weymouth New Testament
For he who shows no mercy will have judgement given against him without mercy; but mercy triumphs over judgement.
James 2:13 Parallel
CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
He shall have judgment without mercy that hath shewed no mercy (ἡ γὰρ κρίσις ἀνίλεως τῷ μὴ ποιήσαντι ἔλεος)
Lit., as Rev., judgment is without mercy to him that hath shewed no mercy. Both A. gr. and Rev. omit the article "the judgment," that, namely, which is coming. Hath shewed, or, lit., shewed (aorist tense). The writer puts himself at the stand-point of the judgment, and looks backward.
The simple verb καυχάομαι means to speak loud, to be loud-tongued; hence, to boast. Better, therefore, as Rev., glorieth. Judgment and mercy are personified. While judgment threatens condemnation, mercy interposes and prevails over judgment. "Mercy is clothed with the divine glory, and stands by the throne of God. When we are in danger of being condemned, she rises up and pleads for us, and covers us with her defence, and enfolds us with her wings" (Chrysostom, cited by Gloag).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
rejoiceth. or, glorieth.
2 Chronicles 28:11
Now hear me, and send back the captives from your relatives whom you have taken, for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you."
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Then his master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
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