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Faith Cannot Be Seen Apart From Works

18 But someone will say “You have faith, and I have works”. Show me your faith without[a] the works, and I will show you the faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one[b]? You do well. Even the demons believe and shudder!

Faith Is Perfected By Works

20 But do you want to know[c], O empty[d] person, that faith without works is useless[e]?

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  1. James 2:18 Or, apart-from. This could only be done by pointing to one’s beliefs, which James addresses next.
  2. James 2:19 Or, this may be a statement. ‘Believe’ is the same root word as ‘faith’. Even the demons have this kind of faith.
  3. James 2:20 Or, are you willing to recognize, or acknowledge.
  4. James 2:20 Or, senseless.
  5. James 2:20 Or, inactive, unproductive, idle.

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