James 2:4
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New International Version
have you not discriminated 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?

Darby Bible Translation
have ye not made a difference among yourselves, and become judges having evil thoughts?

World English Bible
haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Young's Literal Translation
ye did not judge fully in yourselves, and did become ill-reasoning judges.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Are ye not then partial - Ου διεκριθητε· Do ye not make a distinction, though the case has not been heard, and the law has not decided?

Judges of evil thoughts? - Κριται διαλογισμων πονηρων· Judges of evil reasonings; that is, judges who reason wickedly; who, in effect, say in your hearts, we will espouse the cause of the rich, because they can befriend us; we will neglect that of the poor, because they cannot help us, nor have they power to hurt us.

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...



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.

Fruitless Faith
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."--James 2:17. WHATEVER the statement of James may be, it could never have been his intention to contradict the gospel. It could never be possible that the Holy Spirit would say one thing in one place, and another in another. Statements of Paul and of James must be reconciled, and if they were not, I would be prepared sooner to throw overboard the statement of James than that of Paul. Luther did so, I think, most unjustifiably. If you ask
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 60: 1914

The Middle Colonies: the Jerseys, Delaware, and Pennsylvania --The Quaker Colonization --Georgia.
THE bargainings and conveyancings, the confirmations and reclamations, the setting up and overturning, which, after the conquest of the New Netherlands, had the effect to detach the peninsula of New Jersey from the jurisdiction of New York, and to divide it for a time into two governments, belong to political history; but they had, of course, an important influence on the planting of the church in that territory. One result of them was a wide diversity of materials in the early growth of the church.
Leonard Woolsey Bacon—A History of American Christianity

Whether Justice and Mercy are Present in all God's Works
Whether Justice and Mercy are Present in all God's Works We proceed to the fourth article thus: 1. Justice and mercy do not appear to be present in every work of God. For some of God's works are attributed to his mercy, as for example the justification of the ungodly, while other works are attributed to his justice, as for example the condemnation of the ungodly. Thus it is said in James 2:13: "he shall have judgment without mercy that hath showed no mercy." Hence justice and mercy are not present
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Whether Fear is an Effect of Faith
Whether Fear is an Effect of Faith We proceed to the first article thus: 1. It seems that fear is not an effect of faith. For an effect does not precede its cause. But fear precedes faith, since it is said in Ecclesiasticus 2:8: "Ye that fear God, believe in him." Hence fear is not an effect of faith. 2. Again, the same thing is not the cause of contrary effects. Now it was said in 12ae, Q. 23, Art. 2, that fear and hope are contraries, and the gloss on Matt. 1:2, "Abraham begat Isaac," says that
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Cross References
Luke 18:6
And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.

John 7:24
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly."

James 3:17
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

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