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James 2:15-25 (New International Version)

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15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.1 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?2 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.3 18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,4 and I will show you my faith5 by what I do.6 19 You believe that there is one God.7 Good! Even the demons believe that8--and shudder. 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is uselessa ?9 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?10 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together,11 and his faith was made complete by what he did.12 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"b13 and he was called God's friend.14 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?15
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