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James 2:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— So speak ye, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a law of liberty.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by [the] law of liberty.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— So speak ye, and so act, as those that are to be judged by [the] law of liberty;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So, be speaking, and, so, doing, as they who, through means of a law of freedom, are about to be judged;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— so speak ye and so do, as about by a law of liberty to be judged,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— So speak ye and so do, as being to be judged by the law of liberty.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— So speake ye, and so doe, as they that shall bee iudged by the Law of libertie.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— So speak and so act, as those who by the law of liberty are to be judged.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— So speak ye, and so act, as persons that are to be judged by the law of liberty.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
So 3779
{3779} Prime
οὕτω
houto
{hoo'-to}
From G3778; in this way (referring to what precedes or follows).
speak x2980
(2980) Complement
λαλέω
laleo
{lal-eh'-o}
A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words.
ye, y2980
[2980] Standard
λαλέω
laleo
{lal-eh'-o}
A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words.
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
so 3779
{3779} Prime
οὕτω
houto
{hoo'-to}
From G3778; in this way (referring to what precedes or follows).
do, 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
as 5613
{5613} Prime
ὡς
hos
{hoce}
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
they that shall be 3195
{3195} Prime
μέλλω
mello
{mel'-lo}
A strengthened form of G3199 (through the idea of expectation); to intend, that is, be about to be, do, or suffer something (of persons or things, especially events; in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity, probability, possibility, or hesitation).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
judged 2919
{2919} Prime
κρίνω
krino
{kree'-no}
Properly to distinguish, that is, decide (mentally or judicially); by implication to try, condemn, punish.
z5745
<5745> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 105
by 1223
{1223} Prime
διά
dia
{dee-ah'}
A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional). In composition it retains the same general import.
the law 3551
{3551} Prime
νόμος
nomos
{nom'-os}
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
of liberty. 1657
{1657} Prime
ἐλευθερία
eleutheria
{el-yoo-ther-ee'-ah}
From G1658; freedom (legitimate or licentious, chiefly moral or ceremonial).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 2:12

_ _ Summing up of the previous reasonings.

_ _ speak — referring back to James 1:19, James 1:26; the fuller discussion of the topic is given James 3:5-12.

_ _ judged by the law of liberty — (James 1:25); that is, the Gospel law of love, which is not a law of external constraint, but of internal, free, instinctive inclination. The law of liberty, through God’s mercy, frees us from the curse of the law, that henceforth we should be free to love and obey willingly. If we will not in turn practice the law of love to our neighbor, that law of grace condemns us still more heavily than the old law, which spake nothing but wrath to him who offended in the least particular (James 2:13). Compare Matthew 18:32-35; John 12:48; Revelation 6:16, “Wrath of the (merciful) Lamb.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on James 2:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

James 2:12

So speak and act — In all things. As they that shall be judged — Without respect of persons. By the law of liberty — The gospel; the law of universal love, which alone is perfect freedom. For their transgressions of this, both in word and deed, the wicked shall be condemned; and according to their works, done in obedience to this, the righteous will be rewarded.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

James 2:12

(7) So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

(7) The conclusion of the whole treatise: we are upon this condition delivered from the curse of the law by the mercy of God, that in the same way we should maintain and cherish charity and good will towards one another, and whoever does not do so, shall not taste of the grace of God.

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speak:

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
2 Peter 1:4-8 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. ... For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

the:

James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
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