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

  • 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
  • Jeff mauney
    A reminder that we can forget to walk by faith instead of sight and to always guard your heart and know that god is love . And as a man thinks so is he. Perfect love cast out all fear. Character is developed when you do for someone that can never pay you back
  • A disciple
    24 "Ye see that a man is justified of works, and not of faith only." By our works, our practice and doing, our course in life; is our faith made perfect, completed, fulfilled. Like we know it is an Apple Tree because there are apples on it; so we know our calling and election of God because the effects of His mercy and grace wrought in our heart are reflected in our way of life, and our character.
  • 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.
  • 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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