James 2:19

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou beleeuest that there is one God, thou doest well: the deuils also beleeue, and tremble.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You have the belief that God is one, and you do well: the evil spirits have the same belief, shaking with fear.
- Basic English Bible

*Thou* believest that God is one. Thou doest well. The demons even believe, and tremble.
- Darby Bible

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and tremble.
- Webster's Bible

You believe that God is one, and you are quite right: evil spirits also believe this, and shudder."
- Weymouth Bible

You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder.
- World English Bible

Thou bileuest, that o God is; thou doist wel; and deuelis bileuen, and tremblen.
- Wycliffe Bible

thou -- thou dost believe that God is one; thou dost well, and the demons believe, and they shudder!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:19


2:19 Thou believest there is one God - I allow this: but this proves only that thou hast the same faith with the devils. Nay, they not only believe, but tremble - At the dreadful expectation of eternal torments. So far is that faith from either justifying or saving them that have it.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:19


Jas 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God. That is very well, but can that alone save you? The devils also believe, and tremble. Even the demons believe that also. See Mt 8:29. Evil spirits confessed Christ, but this confession of faith did not save them.

Discussion for James 2

  • A disciple
    GAR (cont.) That's just it, isn't it? "Let your light thus shine before men, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN." Why did Cain murder his brother? Because his own WORKS were evil, AND HIS BROTHER'S RIGHTEOUS. By what will the Spirit in us convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; if not by our love for Jesus SHOWN BY keeping His commandments?
  • A disciple
    GAR; What doth it profit? IS RIGHT!
  • GAR
    What doth it profit? What does your faith profit to the observer if he cannot see any works? Can faith, not being seen by works, bring the observer to a point where he will be saved? Can faith, that has works to show the faith, communicate to the observer truths which can save him? I want my faith to be seen by my works so that people, observers, can possibly come to the point of being saved.
  • Ray Jay
    All the good works you do and attempt to do are because of your faith.

    One thing to remember, when you do those good works 100% of glory should also go to God; which again, a work (testimony) you will do, because of your faith. Amazing!

    PS. I Need to be better at what I just preached above.

  • Ann Hering
    James is written to the twelve tribes which are scattered. James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. We are not under a works based salvation in the dispensation of the grace of God given to us by the Apostle Paul. Faith and works is only for Israel and will be what is required for salvation during the 7 year Tribulation period.
  • A disciple
    servant; I think what you're trying to say, Faith calls those things that be not, as though they are; and our manner of life, character and behavior, makes manifest what kind we are. Did I get that right? And yes, I agree, some things are known in part and manifest just now; but only when we are brought before God at the last day shall we know perfectly all things about ourselves and everyone.

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