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

  • Lyle Waller
    "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."
  • Philip Parks
    Re. v.2: Christians cannot mingle bias and prejudice with holy faith. GOD does not exercise prejudice nor bias (see Deu. 10:17-18; 2Chr. 19:7; Ac. 10:34; Rom. 2:11; Gal. 2:6; Eph. 6:9; 1Pet. 1:17). Therefore HE demands HIS people to refrain from doing so as well (see Lev. 19:15; Deu. 1:17; 16:19; 2Chr. 19:7; Pro. 24:23; 28:21; 1Tim. 5:21; Jude v.16). Prejudice and bias perverts GOD's Character.
  • 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