James 2:22

“Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect;
- American Standard Version (1901)

You see that his faith was helping his works and was made complete by them;
- Basic English Bible

Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and that by works faith was perfected.
- Darby Bible

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
- Webster's Bible

You notice that his faith was co-operating with his actions, and that by his actions his faith was perfected;
- Weymouth Bible

You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected;
- World English Bible

Therfor thou seest, that feith wrouyte with hise werkis, and his feith was fillid of werkis.
- Wycliffe Bible

dost thou see that the faith was working with his works, and out of the works the faith was perfected?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:22


2:22 Thou seest that faith - For by faith Abraham offered him, #Heb 11:17|. Wrought together with his works - Therefore faith has one energy and operation; works, another: and the energy and operation of faith are before works, and together with them. Works do not give life to faith, but faith begets works, and then is perfected by them. And by works was faith made perfect - Here St. James fixes the sense wherein he uses the word justified; so that no shadow of contradiction remains between his assertion and St. Paul's. Abraham returned from that sacrifice perfected in faith, and far higher in the favour of God. Faith hath not its being from works, (for it is before them,) but its perfection. That vigour of faith which begets works is then excited and increased thereby, as the natural heat of the body begets motion, whereby itself is then excited and increased. See #1John 3:22|.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:22


Jas 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works. Abraham's faith was a working faith. By works was faith made perfect. The element of works is essential to make it complete. Without works it is an imperfect, "a dead faith" (Jas 2:20). It must have energy to avail. Abraham's faith "wrought".

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