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Parallel Bible results for James 2:14-26

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James 2:14-26

ESV 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? MSG 14 Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? ESV 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, MSG 15 For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved ESV 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? MSG 16 and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup - where does that get you? ESV 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. MSG 17 Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? ESV 18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. MSG 18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, "Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I'll handle the works department." Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. ESV 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe--and shudder! MSG 19 Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That's just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? ESV 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? MSG 20 Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands? ESV 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? MSG 21 Wasn't our ancestor Abraham "made right with God by works" when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? ESV 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; MSG 22 Isn't it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are "works of faith"? ESV 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"--and he was called a friend of God. MSG 23 The full meaning of "believe" in the Scripture sentence, "Abraham believed God and was set right with God," includes his action. It's that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named "God's friend." ESV 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. MSG 24 Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works? ESV 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? MSG 25 The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn't her action in hiding God's spies and helping them escape - that seamless unity of believing and doing - what counted with God? ESV 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. MSG 26 The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.

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