James 2:15

“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for James 2:15

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of dayly foode,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food,
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a brother or a sister is without clothing and in need of the day's food,
- Basic English Bible

Now if a brother or a sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
- Darby Bible

If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food,
- Webster's Bible

Suppose a Christian brother or sister is poorly clad or lacks daily food,
- Weymouth Bible

And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food,
- World English Bible

And if a brother ethir sister be nakid, and han nede of ech daies lyuelode,
- Wycliffe Bible

and if a brother or sister may be naked, and may be destitute of the daily food,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for James 2:15

Wesley's Notes for James 2:15


2:13 Judgment without mercy shall be to him - In that day. Who hath showed no mercy - To his poor brethren. But the mercy of God to believers, answering to that which they have shown, will then glory over judgment.

2:14 From #James 1:22|, the apostle has been enforcing Christian practice. He now applies to those who neglect this, under the pretence of faith. St. Paul had taught that a man is justified by faith without the works of the law. This some began already to wrest to their own destruction. Wherefore St. James, purposely repeating (#Jas 2:21|,23,25) the same phrases, testimonies, and examples, which St. Paul had used, #Rom 4:3|, #Heb 11:17|,31, refutes not the doctrine of St. Paul, but the error of those who abused it. There is, therefore, no contradiction between the apostles: they both delivered the truth of God, but in a different manner, as having to do with different kinds of men. On another occasion St. James himself pleaded the cause of faith, #Acts 15:13 |- 21; and St. Paul himself strenuously pleads for works, particularly in his latter epistles. This verse is a summary of what follows. What profiteth it? is enlarged on, #Jas 2:15-17|; though a man say, #Jas 2:18,19| can that faith save him? #Jas 2:20|. It is not, though he have faith; but, though he say he have faith. Here, therefore, true, living faith is meant: but in other parts of the argument the apostle speaks of a dead, imaginary faith. He does not, therefore, teach that true faith can, but that it cannot, subsist without works: nor does he oppose faith to works; but that empty name of faith, to real faith working by love. Can that faith which is without works save him? No more than it can profit his neighbour.

2:17 So likewise that faith which hath not works is a mere dead, empty notion; of no more profit to him that hath it, than the bidding the naked be clothed is to him.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:15


Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister. A practical application is now made of the royal law. Be naked. Insufficiently clothed.

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