Faith and Works

14 1What use is it, 2my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?

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15 3If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,

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16 and one of you says to them, "4Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

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    • o 2:16 - Or "warm yourselves and fill yourselves"
      17 Even so 5faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

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        • p 2:17 - Or "dead by its own standards"
          18 6But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your 7faith without the works, and I will 8show you my faith 9by my works."

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          19 You believe that 10God is one. 11You do well; 12the demons also believe, and shudder.

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            • r 2:19 - One early ms reads "there is one God"
              20 But are you willing to recognize, 13you foolish fellow, that 14faith without works is useless?
              21 15Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

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              22 You see that 16faith was working with his works, and as a result of the 17works, faith was perfected;

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                • s 2:22 - Or "by the deeds"
                • t 2:22 - Or "completed"
                  23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "18AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called 19the friend of God.

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                  24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.