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

  • 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.
  • A disciple
    Amen Sister; Its interesting too, that when we aren't in such a hurry to let everyone know everything we stand for as a Christian; that the Holy Spirit is well able to convict others by seeing our Christian conduct and character, without preaching! Then, when we do get a chance to speak with them, the Lord can freely speak through us because we have proven trustworthy in QUIETLY WALKING IN TRUTH.
  • Carolyn Rowe
    I have read this chapter before, but today, it has new meaning for me. I can see that I have been too judgmental in my thinking. If we profess faith, it should inspire love and a desire to do good to others. Our faith should be apparent in our walk even without an outward profession. faith and works together make a complete Christian.
  • Donna Cromb
    Verse 14: I had to think on faith without works and was led to the realization that he's talking about obedience! Saying I believe isn't enough, surrendering the will to God and obeying His will is true faith. For instance He said repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, yet some still think I few sprinkles as an infant will save them, or going to church Sunday and still sinning is ok.

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