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James 2:26

26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Read James 2:26 Using Other Translations

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

What does James 2:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
James 2:26

For as the body without the spirit is dead
This simile is made use of to illustrate what the apostle had asserted in ( James 2:17 James 2:20 ) that as a body, when the spirit or soul is departed from it, or the breath is gone out of it, is dead, and without motion, and useless; which the Jews F4 express in like manner, (xwr alb Pwg rgp) , "the body without the spirit", or "breath, is a carcass".

So faith without works is dead also:
a vain thing, useless and unprofitable, can neither justify, nor save, nor prove that a man is justified, or will be saved.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 Ohel. Moed, fol. 15. 1.
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