James 2:14-26 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
New Revised Standard (NRS) New International Version (NIV)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 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?
17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
20 Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ?
21 Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
23 Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," and he was called the friend of God. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend.
24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? 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?
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead. 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.