James 2:26
New International Version
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

New Living Translation
Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

English Standard Version
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Berean Study Bible
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Berean Literal Bible
For just as the body apart from spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

King James Bible
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

New King James Version
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

New American Standard Bible
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

NASB 1995
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

NASB 1977
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Amplified Bible
For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.

Christian Standard Bible
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

American Standard Version
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Contemporary English Version
Anyone who doesn't breathe is dead, and faith that doesn't do anything is just as dead!

Douay-Rheims Bible
For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.

English Revised Version
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

Good News Translation
So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, also faith without actions is dead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A body that doesn't breathe is dead. In the same way faith that does nothing is dead.

International Standard Version
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without actions is also dead.

Literal Standard Version
For as the body apart from [the] spirit is dead, so also the faith apart from works is dead.

NET Bible
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

New Heart English Bible
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

Weymouth New Testament
For just as a human body without a spirit is lifeless, so also faith is lifeless if it is unaccompanied by obedience.

World English Bible
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

Young's Literal Translation
for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also the faith apart from the works is dead.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Faith and Works
25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute justified by her actions when she welcomed the spies and sent them off on another route? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

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

James 2:17
So too, faith by itself, if it does not result in action, is dead.

James 2:20
O foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is worthless?


Treasury of Scripture

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

as.

Job 34:14,15
If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; …

Psalm 104:29
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Psalm 146:4
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

spirit.

James 2:14,17,20
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? …









(26) As the body without the spirit . . .--A closing simile of much force, As the body without the spirit, so faith without works. But the term "without" is hardly strong enough to represent the Greek "apart from." Of our own human wisdom we had been rather inclined to say that works were likest to the body, and faith to the breath or animation thereof. "The Apostle's view," says Alford, "seems to be this, Faith is the body, the sum and substance of the Christian life; works (= obedience) the moving and quickening of that body, just as the spirit is the moving and quickening principle of the natural body. So that 'as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.' "

Verse 26. - Conclusion of the whole matter: "As the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead."



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
As
ὥσπερ (hōsper)
Adverb
Strong's 5618: Just as, as, even as. From hos and per; just as, i.e. Exactly like.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

body
σῶμα (sōma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4983: Body, flesh; the body of the Church. From sozo; the body, used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.

without
χωρὶς (chōris)
Preposition
Strong's 5565: Apart from, separately from; without. Adverb from chora; at a space, i.e. Separately or apart from.

[the] spirit
πνεύματος (pneumatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

dead,
νεκρόν (nekron)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.

so
οὕτως (houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

faith
πίστις (pistis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

without
χωρὶς (chōris)
Preposition
Strong's 5565: Apart from, separately from; without. Adverb from chora; at a space, i.e. Separately or apart from.

deeds
ἔργων (ergōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

dead.
νεκρά (nekra)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.


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