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Jakovljeva 2:1-26

Upozorenje na pristranost

1Braćo moja, vi vjerujete u slavnoga Gospodina Isusa Krista i zato ne budite pristrani!

2Kad bi u vaš sastanak ušao čovjek sa zlatnim prstenjem i u skupoj odjeći, a istodobno došao i bijedno obučeni siromah 3te kad biste onomu u skupoj odjeći rekli: “Sjednite ovdje, na dobro mjesto”, a siromahu: “Ti možeš ondje stajati ili sjesti na pod pokraj mojeg stolca”— 4ne bi li to značilo da ste pristrani i da nepravedno sudite?

5Poslušajte me, ljubljena moja braćo! Zar Bog nije izabrao siromahe ovoga svijeta da budu bogataši u vjeri? Nisu li oni baštinici Kraljevstva koje je Bog obećao ljudima koji njega ljube? 6A vi ste prezreli siromaha! Zar nisu upravo bogataši ti koji vas tlače i koji vas povlače po sudovima? 7Ne kunu li upravo oni lijepo ime Onoga po kome se zovete?

8Ako zaista izvršavate kraljevski zakon iz Pisma: “Ljubi svojega bližnjega kao sebe samoga”,2:8 Levitski zakonik 19:18. dobro činite. 9Ali ako pristrano postupate prema ljudima, činite grijeh, i prema Zakonu ste prijestupnici. 10Tko vrši sav Zakon, a samo u jednoj odredbi pogriješi, kriv je kao da je sve prekršio. 11Jer Bog koji je rekao: “Ne čini preljub” kazao je i: “Ne ubij!” Pa ako i nisi počinio preljub, ali si nekog ubio, u potpunosti si prekršio Zakon i pred Bogom si kriv za sve.

12I zato, ma što govorili ili činili, imajte na umu da će vam biti suđeno prema zakonu ljubavi, zakonu koji vas je oslobodio. 13Jer za onoga tko nije milostiv prema drugima, na sudu također neće biti milosti. Ali za one koji su milosrdni, Božje će milosrđe pobijediti nad sudom.

Vjera bez dobrih djela je mrtva

14Draga braćo i sestre, što koristi ako tko veli da ima vjeru, a ne čini dobra djela? Zar ga takva vjera može spasiti? 15Ako su vam koji brat ili sestra bez svagdašnje hrane i odjeće, 16a vi im kažete: “Idite u miru, utoplite se i najedite se”—ali im ne date hranu ni odjeću, od kakve je to koristi?

17Tako je i s vjerom: ne rodi li dobrim djelima, mrtva je i nekorisna.

18Netko bi, naprotiv, mogao reći: “Ti imaš vjeru, a ja imam djela.” Ali ja kažem: “Dokaži mi svoju vjeru odvojeno od djela, a ja ću tebi dokazati svoju vjeru djelima!”

19Zar još misliš kako je dostatno vjerovati da postoji samo jedan Bog? Dobro je to vjerovati. I zlodusi u to vjeruju—i dršću! 20Kad ćeš već jednom naučiti, šuplja glavo, da je vjera bez dobrih djela nekorisna?

21Zar se naš predak Abraham nije pred Bogom opravdao djelom kad je na žrtvenik prinio svojega sina Izaka? 22Toliko je vjerovao Bogu da je bio voljan učiniti sve što on od njega zatraži. Vjera mu je dakle pomogla da učini dobro djelo te je tako, s pomoću djela, postala savršenom. 23Tako se ispunilo ono što piše u Svetome pismu: “Abraham povjerovao Bogu i Bog ga je proglasio pravednim zbog njegove vjere.”2:23 Postanak 15:6. Nazvao ga je čak “Božjim prijateljem”. 24Vidite, dakle, čovjek biva opravdan zbog svojih djela, a ne samo zbog svoje vjere.

25Nije li se isto tako djelom opravdala i bludnica Rahaba kad je primila glasnike i izvela ih drugim putem? 26Kao što je tijelo bez duha mrtvo, mrtva je i vjera bez djela.

New International Version

James 2:1-26

Favoritism Forbidden

1My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3If 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,” 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

5Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: 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? 6But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

8If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”2:8 Lev. 19:18 you are doing right. 9But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”2:11 Exodus 20:14; Deut. 5:18 also said, “You shall not murder.”2:11 Exodus 20:13; Deut. 5:17 If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith and Deeds

14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless2:20 Some early manuscripts dead? 21Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”2:23 Gen. 15:6 and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.