17 Even so (A)faith, if it has no works, is [a]dead, being by itself.

18 (B)But someone [b]may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your (C)faith without the works, and I will (D)show you my faith (E)by my works.” 19 You believe that [c](F)God is one. (G)You do well; (H)the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, (I)you foolish fellow, that (J)faith without works is useless? 21 (K)Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that (L)faith was working with his works, and [d]as a result of the (M)works, faith was [e]perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “(N)And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called (O)the 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 (P)Rahab the harlot also justified by works (Q)when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also (R)faith without works is dead.

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Footnotes

  1. James 2:17 Or dead by its own standards
  2. James 2:18 Lit will
  3. James 2:19 One early ms reads there is one God
  4. James 2:22 Or by the deeds
  5. James 2:22 Or completed

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