James 2:17

17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Read James 2:17 Using Other Translations

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

What does James 2:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
James 2:17

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
] It is like a lifeless carcass, a body without a soul, ( James 2:26 ) for as works, without faith, are dead works, so faith, without works, is a dead faith, and not like the lively hope and faith of regenerated persons: and indeed, such who have no other faith than this are dead in trespasses and sins; not that works are the life of faith, or that the life of faith lies in, and flows from works; but, as Dr. Ames observes F2, good works are second acts, necessarily flowing from the life of faith; to which may be added, and by these faith appears to be living, lively and active, or such who perform them appear to be true and living believers.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Medulla Theolog. l. 2. c. 7. sect. 35.
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