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The Book of James (4 of 8)
Dr. Harley Howard
8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the
scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,
ye do well:
The law of love is impartial, period. If you practice
it, that is good. Now we need to take some time here
and examine this issue of what is the royal law that
James is referring to. It is the law of love, both to
God and one's neighbor. It is actually a truth which
is found in both Old and New Testaments, which should
show us that love of God and love for one's neighbor
is universal within the body of worshippers of God and
a principle that clearly demonstrates ones salvation
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the
children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.
33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land,
ye shall not vex him.
34 [But] the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be
unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love
him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of
Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God.
28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them
reasoning together, and perceiving that he had
answered them well, asked him, Which is the first
(chief) commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the
commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,
and with all thy strength: this [is] the first
31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other
commandment greater than these.
32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou
hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there
is none other but he:
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all
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