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

  • Bruce
    God wrote in His Word, "Faith without works is dead".
  • Don H
    In my 2017 New Year group email I wrote," Faith Without Works Adds No Value ". Many say I'm praying for you when they have the means to help you. The believer of low esteem ( in need) should rejoice in that his outreach should be met by the brother who has. Both have faith and both have works.
  • Bruce
    Many will say to me in that day,Lord ,Lord, have we not------in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them,I never knew you: depart from me,you workers of iniquity. Matthew 7:22-23. Many churches and others, are feeding the hungry,helping with bills, clothing,housing--- and will hear depart for me you workers of iniquity. Doing? What the word says! Revelations 20:15
  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise Jesus one thing we know if Jesus Spirit is not in us we cannot do the things the word tells us because if we do not have Jesus spirit we are not his we are sinner so be very sure u have the Holy Ghost living I side of U he make everthing. Easier if we do not have the Holy Ghost we Will live in Hell for ever. Check your self amen
  • Owani moses
    In verse 26 'faith' and 'work' are complementary its like vichle and petrol in which if one of them is missing then the other like vichle is useless so its like faith and work are complementary
  • Bruce
    G-W: Helping others in need is a good thing,but stealing from God is not! Malachi 3:8-11. Helping others usually gives a warm fuzzy feeling,are we again taken something that's not ours? A tithe,the glory,a lie:using money or things that belong to someone else is not us helping the needy.
    Sin upon sin will it ever end?Thanks be to God. 1 John1:6-9,2:1. (All of 1 John) the best help "salvation"

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