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

  • A disciple
    "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:" If anyone thinks that by only "believing" and "parroting" some verses, that God is going to overlook his unholy life and hypocrisy, he's in for a terrible awakening!
  • Steve
    Faith without works is dead. Up to six months ago I lived a life of hypocritical Faith . After a serious accident, The Holy Spirit has dealt severely with me. As a teacher and minister the works I did were counted as dirty rags, because of hypocritical Faith. Always thank God for His chastisment....it means He loves you.Thank the merciful God of second chances. Allow Him to open your eyes now.
  • BSP
    Verse 9: This verse is showing that if one is showing favoritism this is considered a sin to God.
  • Jim
    Faith is action, not just talk but walk also, the Christian life is not fake or phony. a person can fool other people but you can not fool the All Mighty God.
  • A disciple
    Tamar; Faith without works, action, a conduct and course in life reflecting the word and grace put in the heart by God; faith without works is like a dead corpse. It is the spirit that animates the body with life; and so the body functions and continually works to maintain and support its life, but the spirit is the life. Thank you for your post! We are so blessed to have the Word of God!
  • Tamar
    I love the last verse faith without works is dead like a dead body when the spirit leaves it it's very important to have working faith in God amen.

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