James 2:26

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without workes is dead also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For just as the body without {the} spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For as the body without the spirit is dead even so faith without works is dead.
- Basic English Bible

For as the body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
- Darby Bible

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
- Webster's Bible

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

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

For as the bodi with out spirit is deed, so also feith with out werkis is deed.
- Wycliffe Bible

for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also the faith apart from the works is dead.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for James 2:26


Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead. The body is a lifeless, dead thing, without the spirit. So faith without works is dead also. So lifeless is faith it shows an energy in works. NOTE.--Some have thought, among these Luther, that Paul and James were not in agreement on the subject of faith. Those who thus conclude mistake both these inspired men of God. Paul shows that works without faith will not justify, and hence lays the emphasis on "faith"; James shows that faith without works will not justify. Paul, indeed, shows that faith alone is worthless (1Co 13:2), and in Heb 11:1-40, he emphasizes works as the demonstration of faith. The two writers are in agreement, and all seeming disagreement is due to the fact that they are seeking to correct different errors, and hence look at the matter from different points of view.

Discussion for James 2

  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 8:13 FOR I MEAN NOT THAT OTHER MEN BE EASED AND YOU BURDENED 8:14 BUT BY AN EQUALITY THAT NOW AT THIS TIME YOUR ABUNDANCE MAY BE A SUPPLY FOR THEIR WANT THAT THEIR ABUNDANCE ALSO MAY BE A SUPPLY FOR YOUR WANT THAT THERE MAY BE EQUALITY luke 6:35 but love your enemies and do good and lend hoping for nothing again and your reward shall be great and you shall be the children of the
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 20:35 I HAVE SHOWED YOU ALL THINGS HOW THAT SO LABORING YOU OUGHT TO SUPPORT THE WEAK AND TO REMEMBER THE WORDS OF THE LORD JESUS HOW HE SAID IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE 1 john 3:17 but whoso hath this worlds good and seeth his brother have need and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him HOW DWELLETH THE LOVE OF GOD IN HIM
  • Gaii Winston
    God said the poor we will have always. Therefore we will always be able to work with them. Jesus was with the poor. Most of us a 2 income away from feeling provertity. When I drive by them I give them food breakfast bars. Dollar store gloves, hats soap, We can use the 10 per cent we are to give to God. The nursing homes are full of lonley people. Children suffer from broken homes. Lite shine
  • Taylor
    I really so love this scripture and or helps me to get on with my day and it helps me to remain on thinking that if I want something to happen that u have not to just believe, but to also put forth the work after it.
  • Lilian
    FAITH IS A GIFT FROM GOD AND IT COMES ONLY BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD. WITHOUT HEARING AND MEDITATING HIS WORDS ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM. IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER IN CHRIST AND HIS WORDS YOU MUST BE A DOER ALSO. THRU OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORDS IT CAN SAVE OUR SOUL. LIKE JESUS HAS A PERFECT OBEDIENCE TO OUR FATHER AND TO HIS WORDS BY FULFILLING THE SCRIPTURES . LET OUR BODY BE HOLY FOR GOD IS HOLY.
  • Blessed
    @Sylvia The only sin the Lord will not forgive anyone for is the blasphemy of the holy ghost Mark 3:28-30