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
    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.
  • A disciple
    Amen Sister; Its interesting too, that when we aren't in such a hurry to let everyone know everything we stand for as a Christian; that the Holy Spirit is well able to convict others by seeing our Christian conduct and character, without preaching! Then, when we do get a chance to speak with them, the Lord can freely speak through us because we have proven trustworthy in QUIETLY WALKING IN TRUTH.
  • Carolyn Rowe
    I have read this chapter before, but today, it has new meaning for me. I can see that I have been too judgmental in my thinking. If we profess faith, it should inspire love and a desire to do good to others. Our faith should be apparent in our walk even without an outward profession. faith and works together make a complete Christian.
  • 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

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