James 2:2

For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in fine apparel, and there come in also a poor man in shabby clothing;
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Far from me is the notion that in your tabernacle, Lord, the rich should be more highly regarded than the poor, or the noble than the less wellborn. You have chosen the weak things of this world to put the strong to shame, and you have chosen things which are dishonorable, despised and of no account, in order to bring to nothing the things which are.

Hilary of Arles

AD 449
What James says here applies not just to rings but to any sign of wealth, for the ring is meant to stand for a treasure house of riches.

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

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