James 2:21

“Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Was not Abraham our father iustified by works, when hee had offered Isaac his sonne vpon the altar?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Was not the righteousness of Abraham our father judged by his works, when he made an offering of Isaac his son on the altar?
- Basic English Bible

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
- Darby Bible

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
- Webster's Bible

Was it, or was it not, because of his actions that he was declared to be righteous as the result of his having offered up his son Isaac upon the altar?
- Weymouth Bible

Wasn't Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?
- World English Bible

Whether Abraham, oure fadir, was not iustified of werkis, offringe Ysaac, his sone, on the auter?
- Wycliffe Bible

Abraham our father -- was not he declared righteous out of works, having brought up Isaac his son upon the altar?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:21


2:21 Was not Abraham justified by works - St. Paul says he was justified by faith, #Rom 4:2|, &c.: yet St. James does not contradict him; for he does not speak of the same justification. St. Paul speaks of that which Abraham received many years before Isaac was born, #Gen 15:6|. St. James, of that which he did not receive till he had offered up Isaac on the altar. He was justified, therefore, in St. Paul's sense, (that is, accounted righteous,) by faith, antecedent to his works. He was justified in St. James's sense, (that is, made righteous,) by works, consequent to his faith. So that St. James's justification by works is the fruit of St Paul's justification by faith.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:21


Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father. The father of the Jewish race; also the father of all his children by faith. See Ga 3:7-9. Justified by works? By a faith which showed itself in works. This is the argument of James, that faith is of no avail unless accompanied by works. Of this all Abraham's life was a demonstration. He was told when in Mesopotamia to go forth into the land God would show him, and "he went out, not knowing where he was going" (Heb 11:8); an act of faith. "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise" (Heb 11:9). When he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Each of these acts of faith secured Divine approval, but the supremest trial was when he offered Isaac. See PNT "Heb 11:17". This victory of faith was followed by crowning approval and glorious promises.

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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