James 2:26

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without workes is dead also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For just as the body without {the} spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For as the body without the spirit is dead even so faith without works is dead.
- Basic English Bible

For as the body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
- Darby Bible

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
- Webster's Bible

For just as a human body without a spirit is lifeless, so also faith is lifeless if it is unaccompanied by obedience.
- Weymouth Bible

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.
- World English Bible

For as the bodi with out spirit is deed, so also feith with out werkis is deed.
- Wycliffe Bible

for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also the faith apart from the works is dead.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for James 2:26


Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead. The body is a lifeless, dead thing, without the spirit. So faith without works is dead also. So lifeless is faith it shows an energy in works. NOTE.--Some have thought, among these Luther, that Paul and James were not in agreement on the subject of faith. Those who thus conclude mistake both these inspired men of God. Paul shows that works without faith will not justify, and hence lays the emphasis on "faith"; James shows that faith without works will not justify. Paul, indeed, shows that faith alone is worthless (1Co 13:2), and in Heb 11:1-40, he emphasizes works as the demonstration of faith. The two writers are in agreement, and all seeming disagreement is due to the fact that they are seeking to correct different errors, and hence look at the matter from different points of view.

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.