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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the Scripture was fullfiled which saith, Abraham beleeued God, and it was imputed vnto him for righteousnes: and he was called the friend of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and he was called the friend of God."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and the scripture was fulfilled which saith, And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the holy Writings were put into effect which said, And Abraham had faith in God and it was put to his account as righteousness; and he was named the friend of God.
- Basic English Bible

And the scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness, and he was called Friend of God.
- Darby Bible

And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
- Webster's Bible

and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham believed God, and his faith was placed to his credit as righteousness," and he received the name of `God's friend.'
- Weymouth Bible

and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness;" and he was called the friend of God.
- World English Bible

And the scripture was fillid, seiynge, Abraham bileuede to God, and it was arettid to hym to riytwisnesse, and he was clepid the freend of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and fulfilled was the Writing that is saying, `And Abraham did believe God, and it was reckoned to him -- to righteousness;' and, `Friend of God' he was called.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:23


2:23 And the scripture - Which was afterwards written. Was hereby eminently fulfilled, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness - This was twice fulfilled, - when Abraham first believed, and when he offered up Isaac. St. Paul speaks of the former fulfilling; St. James, of the latter. And he was called the Friend of God - Both by his posterity, #2Chron 20:7|; and by God himself, #Isa 41:8 so| pleasing to God were the works be wrought in faith. #Gen 15:6|


People's Bible Notes for James 2:23


Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled. The scripture quoted in Ge 15:6. Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness. The case of the offering of Isaac was a complete outward demonstration that Abraham believed God, as the Scripture said. He was called the friend of God. Honored as no other mortal had been. See Isa 41:8 2Ch 20:7. The Mohammedans still call Abraham "El Khalil", "The Friend".

Discussion for James 2

  • A disciple
    GAR (cont.) That's just it, isn't it? "Let your light thus shine before men, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN." Why did Cain murder his brother? Because his own WORKS were evil, AND HIS BROTHER'S RIGHTEOUS. By what will the Spirit in us convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; if not by our love for Jesus SHOWN BY keeping His commandments?
  • A disciple
    GAR; What doth it profit? IS RIGHT!
  • GAR
    What doth it profit? What does your faith profit to the observer if he cannot see any works? Can faith, not being seen by works, bring the observer to a point where he will be saved? Can faith, that has works to show the faith, communicate to the observer truths which can save him? I want my faith to be seen by my works so that people, observers, can possibly come to the point of being saved.
  • Ray Jay
    All the good works you do and attempt to do are because of your faith.

    One thing to remember, when you do those good works 100% of glory should also go to God; which again, a work (testimony) you will do, because of your faith. Amazing!

    PS. I Need to be better at what I just preached above.

  • Ann Hering
    James is written to the twelve tribes which are scattered. James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. We are not under a works based salvation in the dispensation of the grace of God given to us by the Apostle Paul. Faith and works is only for Israel and will be what is required for salvation during the 7 year Tribulation period.
  • A disciple
    servant; I think what you're trying to say, Faith calls those things that be not, as though they are; and our manner of life, character and behavior, makes manifest what kind we are. Did I get that right? And yes, I agree, some things are known in part and manifest just now; but only when we are brought before God at the last day shall we know perfectly all things about ourselves and everyone.

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