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

  • 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"