God’s law for free men? What is this that brings a blessing in everything you do? I went to another translation our (NRSVA) to get some clarity.
The law of liberty? This continued a mystery with KJV and many others until I got to The Message Bible and the Complete Jewish Bible, which shows the value of searching in different translations for full enlightenment.
So the perfect law that James is talking about here according to the Complete Jewish Bible is the TORAH – that is the 1st five books of the Bible. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The Core of Judaism and the Laws handed done from Moses before the Pharisees did any tampering, adding their “traditions” and the extra stuff that Jesus accuses them of in today’s gospel reading. Really what it boils down to for us as Gentiles is that all we have to worry about is 2 Rules.
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.
- Love your neighbour as you love yourself.