What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?1 Can such faith save him?
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Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.2
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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?3
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In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.4
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But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,5 and I will show you my faith6 by what I do.7
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You believe that there is one God.8 Good! Even the demons believe that9--and shudder.
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You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?10
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Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?11
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You see that his faith and his actions were working together,12 and his faith was made complete by what he did.13
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And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"14 and he was called God's friend.15
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You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.