The New King James Version

James 2:14–26

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Faith Without Works is Dead

14 tWhat does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 uIf a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and vone of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” wShow me your faith without 6your works, xand I will show you my faith by 7my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is 8dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works ywhen he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see zthat faith was working together with his works, and by aworks faith was made 9perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, bAbraham believed God, and it was 1accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called cthe friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise, dwas not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

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