James 2:20

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But wilt thou knowe, O vaine man, that faith without workes is dead?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do you not see, O foolish man, that faith without works is of no use?
- Basic English Bible

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
- Darby Bible

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
- Webster's Bible

But, idle boaster, are you willing to be taught how it is that faith apart from obedience is worthless? Take the case of Abraham our forefather.
- Weymouth Bible

But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead?
- World English Bible

But wolt thou wite, thou veyn man, that feith with out werkis is idul?
- Wycliffe Bible

And dost thou wish to know, O vain man, that the faith apart from the works is dead?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:20


2:20 But art than willing to know - Indeed thou art not: thou wouldest fain be ignorant of it. O empty man - Empty of all goodness. That the faith which is without works is dead - And so is not properly faith, as a dead carcase is not a man.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:20


Jas 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man. "I will show by proof that the faith that justifies produces works by the case of Abraham, the great father of the faithful". Faith without works is dead. It has no power to make alive unless it has power over the life.

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
    God wrote in His Word, "Faith without works is dead".
  • Don H
    In my 2017 New Year group email I wrote," Faith Without Works Adds No Value ". Many say I'm praying for you when they have the means to help you. The believer of low esteem ( in need) should rejoice in that his outreach should be met by the brother who has. Both have faith and both have works.
  • 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

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