James 2:17
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New International Version
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

New Living Translation
So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

English Standard Version
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

New American Standard Bible
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

King James Bible
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the same way faith, if it doesn't have works, is dead by itself.

International Standard Version
In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead.

NET Bible
So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So also faith alone without works is dead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn't cause you to do any good things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even so faith, if it does not have works, is dead in and of itself.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

American King James Version
Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

American Standard Version
Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.

Darby Bible Translation
So also faith, if it have not works, is dead by itself.

English Revised Version
Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Weymouth New Testament
So also faith, if it is unaccompanied by obedience, has no life in it--so long as it stands alone.

World English Bible
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.

Young's Literal Translation
so also the faith, if it may not have works, is dead by itself.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Being alone (καθ ἑαυτήν); R.V., in itself. But the rendering of the A.V. appears to be justified by the LXX. in Genesis 43:31, Παρέθηκαν αὐτῷ μόνῳ καὶ αὐτοῖς καθ ἑαυτούς κ.τ.λ..

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. It is like a lifeless carcass, a body without a soul, James 2:26 for as works, without faith, are dead works, so faith, without works, is a dead faith, and not like the lively hope and faith of regenerated persons: and indeed, such who have no other faith than this are dead in trespasses and sins; not that works are the life of faith, or that the life of faith lies in, and flows from works; but, as Dr. Ames observes (b), good works are second acts, necessarily flowing from the life of faith; to which may be added, and by these faith appears to be living, lively and active, or such who perform them appear to be true and living believers.

(b) Medulla Theolog. l. 2. c. 7. sect. 35.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. faith … being alone—Alford joins "is dead in itself." So Bengel, "If the works which living faith produces have no existence, it is a proof that faith itself (literally, 'in respect to itself') has no existence; that is, that what one boasts of as faith, is dead." "Faith" is said to be "dead in itself," because when it has works it is alive, and it is discerned to be so, not in respect to its works, but in respect to itself. English Version, if retained, must not be understood to mean that faith can exist "alone" (that is, severed from works), but thus: Even so presumed faith, if it have not works, is dead, being by itself "alone," that is, severed from works of charity; just as the body would be "dead" if alone, that is, severed from the spirit (Jas 2:26). So Estius.

James 2:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Faith and Works
16and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 18But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."…
Cross References
Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

James 2:20
You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?

James 2:26
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Treasury of Scripture

Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

so.

James 2:14,19,20,26 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

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

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 …

2 Peter 1:5-9 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

alone. Gr. by itself.

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