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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

James 2:14–26

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Faith and Works

14 aWhat use is it, bmy brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can 1that faith save him?

15 aIf a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,

16 and one of you says to them, “aGo in peace, 1be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

17 Even so afaith, if it has no works, is 1dead, being by itself.

18 aBut someone 1may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your bfaith without the works, and I will cshow you my faith dby my works.”

19 You believe that 1aGod is one. bYou do well; cthe demons also believe, and shudder.

20 But are you willing to recognize, ayou foolish fellow, that bfaith without works is useless?

21 aWas not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

22 You see that afaith was working with his works, and 1as a result of the bworks, faith was 2perfected;

23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “aAnd Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called bthe friend of God.

24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not aRahab the harlot also justified by works bwhen she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?

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

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