James 2:17

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euen so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, {being} by itself.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Even so faith without works is dead.
- Basic English Bible

So also faith, if it have not works, is dead by itself.
- Darby Bible

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
- Webster's Bible

So also faith, if it is unaccompanied by obedience, has no life in it--so long as it stands alone.
- Weymouth Bible

Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.
- World English Bible

So also feith, if it hath not werkis, is deed in it silf.
- Wycliffe Bible

so also the faith, if it may not have works, is dead by itself.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:17


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 2:17


Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works. Faith that has no power to bring one to obedience and to sway the life is as worthless as good wishes which end in words. Is dead, being alone. It cannot stand alone and be of any avail. Only when it shows its power in works is it of the slightest value.

Discussion for James 2

  • Donna Cromb
    Verse 14: I had to think on faith without works and was led to the realization that he's talking about obedience! Saying I believe isn't enough, surrendering the will to God and obeying His will is true faith. For instance He said repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, yet some still think I few sprinkles as an infant will save them, or going to church Sunday and still sinning is ok.
  • Lu2677
    James 2:23 "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: And he was called the Friend of God." For the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." Be not hearers only of the word, but doers also. The righteous, the faithful, those that have the love of the truth are His friends. Amen
  • Jeff mauney
    A reminder that we can forget to walk by faith instead of sight and to always guard your heart and know that god is love . And as a man thinks so is he. Perfect love cast out all fear. Character is developed when you do for someone that can never pay you back
  • A disciple
    24 "Ye see that a man is justified of works, and not of faith only." By our works, our practice and doing, our course in life; is our faith made perfect, completed, fulfilled. Like we know it is an Apple Tree because there are apples on it; so we know our calling and election of God because the effects of His mercy and grace wrought in our heart are reflected in our way of life, and our character.
  • Steve morrow
    mark ------ is JESUS going to love the LORD OUR GOD WITH ALL OUR HEART for us -------
    2 JOHN 6 AND THIS IS LOVE THAT WE WALK AFTER HIS COMMANDMENTS THIS IS THE COMMANDMENT THAT AS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING YOU SHOULD WALK IN IT --IF--ANY MAN LOVE NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LET HIM BE ACURSED O LORD COME---IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS---HELP US LORD JESUS TO LOVE YOU AND THE FATHER
  • Ruth
    one thing we can rejoice in is that,Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us.Also the Holy Spirit helps us in our weekness,when we don't know what to pray.

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