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

  • 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.
  • 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"

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