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James 2:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery,"a1 also said, "Do not murder."b2 If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged3 by the law that gives freedom,4 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.5 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?6 Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.7 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?8 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.9 18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,10 and I will show you my faith11 by what I do.12 19 You believe that there is one God.13 Good! Even the demons believe that14--and shudder. 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is uselessc ?15 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?16
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