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James 2:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged1 by the law that gives freedom,2 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.3 Mercy triumphs over judgment!

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?4 Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.5 16 If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?6 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.7 18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,8 and I will show you my faith9 by what I do.10 19 You believe that there is one God.11 Good! Even the demons believe that12--and shudder. 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is uselessa ?13 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?14 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together,15 and his faith was made complete by what he did.16
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