James 2:14-26 (English Standard Version)

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Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith 1but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 2If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 3and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what gooda is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith 4apart from your works, and I will show you my faith 5by my works. 19 6You believe that God is one; you do well. Even 7the demons believe--and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 8Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that 9faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed 10by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, 11"Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"--and he was called a 12friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also 13Rahab the prostitute justified by works 14when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
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