James 2:4
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English Standard Version
have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

King James Bible
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

American Standard Version
Do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?

English Revised Version
are ye not divided in your own mind, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Webster's Bible Translation
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

Weymouth New Testament
is it not plain that in your hearts you have little faith, seeing that you have become judges full of wrong thoughts?

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Vincent's Word Studies

Are ye not partial in yourselves? (οὐ διεκρίθητε ἐν ἑαυτοῖς)

Wrong. The constant sense of the verb in the New Testament is doubt, except Acts 11:2; Jde 1:9, where it means dispute. Compare James 1:6. The meaning here is, therefore, that, in making a distinction between the rich and the poor, they expressed a doubt concerning the faith which they professed, and which abolished such distinctions. Hence, Rev., rightly, Are ye not divided in your own mind?

Judges of evil thoughts (κριταὶ διαλογισμῶν πονηρῶν)

Better, as Rev., "judges with evil thoughts." The form of expression is the same as in Luke 18:6, κριτὴς τῆς ἀδικίας, the judge of injustice, i.e., the unjust judge. So James 1:25, a hearer of forgetfulness. The word thoughts is, rather, reasonings. See on deceiving yourselves (James 1:22). Compare Luke 5:21. Their evil processes of thought lead to these unjust discriminations.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

partial. See on ch.

James 1:1-27 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting...

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor?...

Malachi 2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as you have not kept my ways...

Judges.

4:11

Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully imagine against me.

Psalm 58:1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, O you sons of men?

Psalm 82:2 How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Psalm 109:31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Matthew 7:1-5 Judge not, that you be not judged...

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Cross References
Luke 18:6
And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says.

John 7:24
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."

James 3:17
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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