James 2:11

For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law.
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Hilary of Arles

AD 449
Why does James choose these two commandments as his examples? Because they are the ones which deal most closely with loving and with hating one's neighbors.


AD 990
James added these commandments in order to give examples of what he was talking about, which was love. For someone who loves his neighbors as he ought to will neither commit adultery with them nor kill them. When these things are done, they indicate contempt for the neighbor.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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