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

  • 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
  • Gwendolyn Daniel
    God speaks and should listen
  • BSP
    It is not enough just to say we have faith, we must show it by our actions or works.
  • Eric
    The Gospel of God cometh only from God, our Father which art in heaven. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Father, the hour is come glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. The mercy of man is toward his neighbour but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again, as a shepherd his flock. Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.