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
    "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:" If anyone thinks that by only "believing" and "parroting" some verses, that God is going to overlook his unholy life and hypocrisy, he's in for a terrible awakening!
  • Steve
    Faith without works is dead. Up to six months ago I lived a life of hypocritical Faith . After a serious accident, The Holy Spirit has dealt severely with me. As a teacher and minister the works I did were counted as dirty rags, because of hypocritical Faith. Always thank God for His chastisment....it means He loves you.Thank the merciful God of second chances. Allow Him to open your eyes now.
  • BSP
    Verse 9: This verse is showing that if one is showing favoritism this is considered a sin to God.
  • 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.

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