James 2:22
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New International Version
You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

New Living Translation
You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.

English Standard Version
You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;

New American Standard Bible
You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;

King James Bible
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was perfected.

International Standard Version
You see that his faith worked together with what he did, and by his actions his faith was made complete.

NET Bible
You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do you see that his faith upheld his deeds and by deeds his faith was perfected?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You see that Abraham's faith and what he did worked together. His faith was shown to be genuine by what he did.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Dost thou not see how the faith worked together with his works, and the faith was complete by the works?

King James 2000 Bible
See how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

American King James Version
See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

American Standard Version
Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?

Darby Bible Translation
Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and that by works faith was perfected.

English Revised Version
Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect;

Webster's Bible Translation
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Weymouth New Testament
You notice that his faith was co-operating with his actions, and that by his actions his faith was perfected;

World English Bible
You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected;

Young's Literal Translation
dost thou see that the faith was working with his works, and out of the works the faith was perfected?
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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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works,.... Not to justify him before God; for neither faith nor works are ever said in Scripture to justify any man; but his faith being of the right kind, a faith which works by love, it put him upon doing this work, and many others; for this was done in faith, Hebrews 11:17 as all good works are, which are properly such; and where there is true faith, it will influence and engage a man to do good works, as it did Abraham.

And by works was faith made perfect? not with an absolute perfection; for though Abraham's faith was very great, yet there were things lacking in it, and he had his fits and times of unbelief; and had he lived till now, his faith, in this sense, would not have been perfect; and he would have had reason to have used the apostle's petition, Luke 17:5 much less would it have been made thus perfect by works; but the sense is, that hereby his faith was declared to be sincere, unfeigned, true, and genuine; just as love is said to be perfected, 1 John 4:17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. Or, "thou seest."

how—rather, "that." In the two clauses which follow, emphasize "faith" in the former, and "works" in the latter, to see the sense [Bengel].

faith wrought with his works—for it was by faith he offered his son. Literally, "was working (at the time) with his works."

by works was faith made perfect—not was vivified, but attained its fully consummated development, and is shown to be real. So "my strength is made perfect in weakness," that is, exerts itself most perfectly, shows how great it is [Cameron]: so 1Jo 4:17; Heb 2:10; 5:9. The germ really, from the first, contains in it the full-grown tree, but its perfection is not attained till it is matured fully. So Jas 1:4, "Let patience have her perfect work," that is, have its full effect by showing the most perfect degree of endurance, "that ye may be perfect," that is, fully developed in the exhibition of the Christian character. Alford explains, "Received its realization, was entirely exemplified and filled up." So Paul, Php 2:12, "Work out your own salvation": the salvation was already in germ theirs in their free justification through faith. It needed to be worked out still to fully developed perfection in their life.

James 2:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Faith and Works
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God.…
Cross References
Genesis 22:12
"Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."

John 6:29
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

1 Thessalonians 1:3
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:17
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
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