James 2:14
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New International Version
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

New Living Translation
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?

English Standard Version
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

Berean Study Bible
What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?

Berean Literal Bible
What is the profit, my brothers, if anyone says to have faith, but has no works? Is the faith able to save him?

New American Standard Bible
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?

King James Bible
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him?

International Standard Version
What good does it do, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but does not prove it with actions? This kind of faith cannot save him, can it?

NET Bible
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him?

New Heart English Bible
What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What good is it my brethren, if a man says, 'I have faith', and he does not have deeds? Can his faith save him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My brothers and sisters, what good does it do if someone claims to have faith but doesn't do any good things? Can this kind of faith save him?

New American Standard 1977
What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
My brethren, What shall it profit though someone says that they have faith and do not have works? Shall this type of faith be able to save them?

King James 2000 Bible
What does it profit, my brethren, though a man says he has faith, and has not works? can faith save him?

American King James Version
What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

American Standard Version
What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?

Darby Bible Translation
What [is] the profit, my brethren, if any one say he have faith, but have not works? can faith save him?

English Revised Version
What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him?

Webster's Bible Translation
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man sayeth he hath faith, and hath not works? can faith save him?

Weymouth New Testament
What good is it, my brethren, if a man professes to have faith, and yet his actions do not correspond? Can such faith save him?

World English Bible
What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him?

Young's Literal Translation
What is the profit, my brethren, if faith, any one may speak of having, and works he may not have? is that faith able to save him?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:14-26 Those are wrong who put a mere notional belief of the gospel for the whole of evangelical religion, as many now do. No doubt, true faith alone, whereby men have part in Christ's righteousness, atonement, and grace, saves their souls; but it produces holy fruits, and is shown to be real by its effect on their works; while mere assent to any form of doctrine, or mere historical belief of any facts, wholly differs from this saving faith. A bare profession may gain the good opinion of pious people; and it may procure, in some cases, worldly good things; but what profit will it be, for any to gain the whole world, and to lose their souls? Can this faith save him? All things should be accounted profitable or unprofitable to us, as they tend to forward or hinder the salvation of our souls. This place of Scripture plainly shows that an opinion, or assent to the gospel, without works, is not faith. There is no way to show we really believe in Christ, but by being diligent in good works, from gospel motives, and for gospel purposes. Men may boast to others, and be conceited of that which they really have not. There is not only to be assent in faith, but consent; not only an assent to the truth of the word, but a consent to take Christ. True believing is not an act of the understanding only, but a work of the whole heart. That a justifying faith cannot be without works, is shown from two examples, Abraham and Rahab. Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. Faith, producing such works, advanced him to peculiar favours. We see then, ver. 24, how that by works a man is justified, not by a bare opinion or profession, or believing without obeying; but by having such faith as produces good works. And to have to deny his own reason, affections, and interests, is an action fit to try a believer. Observe here, the wonderful power of faith in changing sinners. Rahab's conduct proved her faith to be living, or having power; it showed that she believed with her heart, not merely by an assent of the understanding. Let us then take heed, for the best works, without faith, are dead; they want root and principle. By faith any thing we do is really good; as done in obedience to God, and aiming at his acceptance: the root is as though it were dead, when there is no fruit. Faith is the root, good works are the fruits; and we must see to it that we have both. This is the grace of God wherein we stand, and we should stand to it. There is no middle state. Every one must either live God's friend, or God's enemy. Living to God, as it is the consequence of faith, which justifies and will save, obliges us to do nothing against him, but every thing for him and to him.
Study Bible
Faith and Works
13For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 14What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.…
Cross References
Luke 3:11
John replied, "Whoever has two tunics should share with him who has none, and whoever has food should do the same."

James 1:16
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

James 1:22
Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves.
Treasury of Scripture

What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

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Jeremiah 7:8 Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Romans 2:25 For circumcision truly profits, if you keep the law: but if you be …

1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give …

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to …

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

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James 2:18,26 Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your …

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

Matthew 5:20 For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the …

Matthew 7:21-23,26,27 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …

Luke 6:49 But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that without a foundation …

Acts 8:13,21 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued …

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, …

1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

Galatians 5:6,13 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly…

Hebrews 11:7,8,17 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

1 John 5:4,5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the …

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1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached …

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: …

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