James 2:24

“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Ye see then, how that by workes a man is iustified, and not by faith only.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You see that a man's righteousness is judged by his works and not by his faith only.
- Basic English Bible

Ye see that a man is justified on the principle of works, and not on the principle of faith only.
- Darby Bible

Ye see then that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
- Webster's Bible

You all see that it is because of actions that a man is pronounced righteous, and not simply because of faith.
- Weymouth Bible

You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith.
- World English Bible

Ye seen that a man is iustified of werkis, and not of feith oneli.
- Wycliffe Bible

Ye see, then, that out of works is man declared righteous, and not out of faith only;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 2:24


2:24 Ye see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only - St. Paul, on the other band, declares, A man is justified by faith, and not by works, #Rom 3:28|. And yet there is no contradiction between the apostles: because, They do not speak of the same faith: St. Paul speaking of living faith; St. James here, of dead faith. They do not speak of the same works: St. Paul speaking of works antecedent to faith; St. James, of works subsequent to it.


People's Bible Notes for James 2:24


Jas 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. The case of Abraham proves that the justifying faith is a working faith.

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?
  • 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.
  • Servant of God
    Faith=the certainty without witness that God exists. Works=that by which we are judged by God. Even so, God is a rewarder to the faithful and works determine our apparel in the afterlife. Do not be fooled by the evil beings in this world for you know that they lie to convince you you are mistaken and not them. God sees them for he is a heart-knower and deals with them accordingly. He knows!

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