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

  • A disciple
    "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:" If anyone thinks that by only "believing" and "parroting" some verses, that God is going to overlook his unholy life and hypocrisy, he's in for a terrible awakening!
  • Steve
    Faith without works is dead. Up to six months ago I lived a life of hypocritical Faith . After a serious accident, The Holy Spirit has dealt severely with me. As a teacher and minister the works I did were counted as dirty rags, because of hypocritical Faith. Always thank God for His chastisment....it means He loves you.Thank the merciful God of second chances. Allow Him to open your eyes now.
  • BSP
    Verse 9: This verse is showing that if one is showing favoritism this is considered a sin to God.
  • Jim
    Faith is action, not just talk but walk also, the Christian life is not fake or phony. a person can fool other people but you can not fool the All Mighty God.
  • 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.

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