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James 2:17
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].
So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity.
Thus, faith by itself, unaccompanied by actions, is dead.
Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!
So also faith, if it have not works, is dead by itself.
In this manner also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.
So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
It is the same with faith. If it is just faith and nothing more—if it doesn’t do anything—it is dead.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
In the same way, faith by itself—·that does nothing [L if it does not have works]—is dead.
Even so the faith, if it have no works, is dead in itself.
In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn’t cause you to do any good things.
So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.
In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.
It is the same with faith. If faith does nothing, then that faith is dead, because it is alone.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead.
Now what use is it, my brothers, for a man to say he “has faith” if his actions do not correspond with it? Could that sort of faith save anyone’s soul? If a fellow man or woman has no clothes to wear and nothing to eat, and one of you say, “Good luck to you I hope you’ll keep warm and find enough to eat”, and yet give them nothing to meet their physical needs, what on earth is the good of that? Yet that is exactly what a bare faith without a corresponding life is like—useless and dead. If we only “have faith” a man could easily challenge us by saying, “you say that you have faith and I have merely good actions. Well, all you can do is to show me a faith without corresponding actions, but I can show you by my actions that I have faith as well.” To the man who thinks that faith by itself is enough I feel inclined to say, “So you believe that there is one God? That’s fine. So do all the devils in hell and shudder in terror!” For, my dear short-sighted man, can’t you see far enough to realise that faith without the right actions is dead and useless? Think of Abraham, our ancestor. Wasn’t it his action which really justified him in God’s sight when his faith led him to offer his son Isaac on the altar? Can’t you see that his faith and his actions were, so to speak, partners—that his faith was implemented by his deed? That is what the scripture means when it says: ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God.’
Even so faith, if it does not have works, is dead in and of itself.
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Thus also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.
So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.
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? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved 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? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
In the same way · · faith, if it has no works, is dead, since it is by itself.
In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn’t cause you to do any good things.
So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead.
So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.
It is the same with faith. If it doesn’t cause us to do something, it’s dead.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
A faith that does not do things is a dead faith.
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
In the same way, faith, all by itself and without works, is dead.
So also Emunah, if alongside it there is not in its company Ma’asim, is by itself niftar (deceased, dead).
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.
The same is true with faith. Without actions, faith is useless. By itself, it’s as good as dead.
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.
Believing is like that. If it does not do anything it is no good. Belief by itself is dead.
So also faith, if it hath not works, is dead in itself.
so also the faith, if it may not have works, is dead by itself.
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