James 2:17-26 (New International Version)

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17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.1 18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,2 and I will show you my faith3 by what I do.4 19 You believe that there is one God.5 Good! Even the demons believe that6--and shudder. 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is uselessa ?7 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?8 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together,9 and his faith was made complete by what he did.10 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"b11 and he was called God's friend.12 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?13 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.14
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