What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?…
It seems likely that St. James had seen St. Paul's epistles, for he uses the same phrases and examples (cf. vers. 21, 23, 25, with Romans 4:3; Hebrews 11:17, 31, and vers. 14, 24 with Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16). At all events, the Holy Spirit by St. James combats, not St. Paul, but those who abuse St. Paul's doctrine.
(A. R. Fausset, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?