James 2:18
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New International Version
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

New Living Translation
Now someone may argue, "Some people have faith; others have good deeds." But I say, "How can you show me your faith if you don't have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds."

English Standard Version
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Berean Study Bible
But someone will say, "You have faith and I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

Berean Literal Bible
But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works.

New American Standard Bible
But 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."

King James Bible
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.

International Standard Version
But someone may say, "You have faith, and I have actions." Show me your faith without any actions, and I will show you my faith by my actions.

NET Bible
But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, a man will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For a man may say to you, “You and I have faith; I have works. Show me your faith without works, and I shall show you my faith by my works.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Another person might say, "You have faith, but I do good things." Show me your faith apart from the good things you do. I will show you my faith by the good things I do.

New American Standard 1977
But 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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But someone may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works; show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

American King James Version
Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

American Standard Version
Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will show thee my faith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.

Darby Bible Translation
But some one will say, Thou hast faith and I have works. Shew me thy faith without works, and I from my works will shew thee my faith.

English Revised Version
Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will shew thee my faith.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

Weymouth New Testament
Nay, some one will say, "You have faith, I have actions: prove to me your faith apart from corresponding actions and I will prove mine to you by my actions.

World English Bible
Yes, a man will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

Young's Literal Translation
But say may some one, Thou hast faith, and I have works, shew me thy faith out of thy works, and I will shew thee out of my works my faith:
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
17So too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19You believe that God is one. Good for you! Even the demons believe that, and shudder!…
Cross References
Matthew 7:16
By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Romans 4:6
just as David proclaims the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Romans 9:19
One of you will say to me, "Then why does God still find fault? For who can resist His will?"

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. All that matters is faith, expressed through love.

Hebrews 11:33
who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and obtained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,

James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good conduct, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Thou.

James 2:14,22 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

Romans 14:23 And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of faith: …

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

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

Hebrews 11:6,31 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes …

without thy works. Some copies read, by thy works.

and I will.

James 2:22-25 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect…

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree …

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

1 Thessalonians 1:3-10 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 2:7,11-14 In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine …

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