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.

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