James 2:18

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I haue workes: shew mee thy faith without thy workes, and I will shew thee my faith by my workes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

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.
- Weymouth 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.
- World English Bible

But summan schal seie, Thou hast feith, and Y haue werkis; schewe thou to me thi feith with out werkis, and Y schal schewe to thee my feith of werkis.
- Wycliffe Bible

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:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:18


2:18 But one - Who judges better. Will say - To such a vain talker. Show me, if thou canst, thy faith without thy works.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:18


Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, etc. One may claim works, another faith. They must go hand in hand. One cannot show faith without works. The life lived is the proof of the faith held. If a man lives in obedience to Christ, that is proof that he has faith in Christ.

Discussion for James 2

  • Suzan
    To except everyone of who they are regardless to their race,wealth etc. .
  • Bis.Dr. Tony W. Leonarf for verse 10
    I must remain prayful
  • Theresa
    If you break a commandment, I believe God forgives if we are truly sorry in our hearts
  • God does not need our good works to be God but people do need our good works to show Christ to them. Salvation is of Christ crucified and ressurected as a substitute for us not of our works. Amen
  • Our heart should always be in alignment with the word of God. Always check the motives of why you do what you do ..Guard your heart with all deligance ,for out of it is the issues of life. Remember how the Lord loved you without being partial, he loved us while we were yet sinners. I'm reminded to stay focused on Gods love,that's the only thing that never fails
  • Jacob
    Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

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