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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - James 2:18


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    King James Bible - James 2:18

    Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

    World English Bible

    Yes, a man will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

    Douay-Rheims - James 2:18

    But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Also a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    αλλ
    235 ερει 2046 5692 τις 5100 συ 4771 πιστιν 4102 εχεις 2192 5719 καγω 2504 εργα 2041 εχω 2192 5719 δειξον 1166 5657 μοι 3427 την 3588 πιστιν 4102 σου 4675 {1: εκ 1537 } {2: χωρις 5565 } των 3588 εργων 2041 σου 4675 καγω 2504 δειξω 1166 5692 σοι 4671 εκ 1537 των 3588 εργων 2041 μου 3450 την 3588 πιστιν 4102 μου 3450

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (18) -
    :14,22 Ro 14:23 1Co 13:2 Ga 5:6 Heb 11:6,31

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:18

    Mas alguno dir: T tienes la fe, y yo tengo las obras; mustrame tu fe sin tus obras, y yo te mostrar mi fe por mis obras.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - James 2:18

    Verse 18. Show me thy
    faith without thy works] Your pretending to have faith, while you have no works of charity or mercy, is utterly vain: for as faith, which is a principle in the mind, cannot be discerned but by the effects, that is, good works; he who has no good works has, presumptively, no faith.

    I will show thee my faith by my works.] My works of charity and mercy will show that I have faith; and that it is the living tree, whose root is love to God and man, and whose fruit is the good works here contended for.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 18. Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works , etc.] That is, a true believer in Christ may very justly call upon a vain boaster of his faith, who has no works, to give proof and evidence of it, and address him after this manner; you say you have faith, be it so that you have; I have works, you see I have, I say nothing about my faith at present; now, shew me thy faith without thy works , if thou canst; see what ways, means, and methods thou canst make use of, to make it appear to me, or any other, that you have the faith you talk of: the words are a sort of sarcasm and jeer upon the man, and yet very just, calling upon him to do that which is impossible to be done, and thereby exposing his vain boast; for faith is an inward principle in the heart; an hidden thing, and cannot be seen and known but by external acts; and where it is right, it is operative, and shows itself by works, which is not practicable in those who have none: and I will show thee my faith by my works ; there may be indeed an appearance of good works, where there is no faith, as in the Heathens, in the Scribes and Pharisees, and in the Papists, and others; and on the other hand, there may be the principle of faith implanted, where there is not an opportunity of showing it by a series of good works, or a course of godly living, as in elect infants dying in infancy, and in those who are converted in their last moments, as the thief upon the cross; wherefore works are not infallible proofs and evidences of faith, yet they are the best we are capable of giving of it to men, or they of receiving. In short, works may deceive, and do not infallibly prove truth of faith, yet it is certain, that where they are not, but persons live in a continued course of sinning, there cannot be true faith.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 14-26 - Those are wrong who put a mere notional belief of the
    gospel for the whole of evangelical religion, as many now do. No doubt, true fait alone, whereby men have part in Christ's righteousness, atonement, an grace, saves their souls; but it produces holy fruits, and is shown to be real by its effect on their works; while mere assent to any form of doctrine, or mere historical belief of any facts, wholly differs from this saving faith. A bare profession may gain the good opinion of piou people; and it may procure, in some cases, worldly good things; but what profit will it be, for any to gain the whole world, and to los their souls? Can this faith save him? All things should be accounte profitable or unprofitable to us, as they tend to forward or hinder the salvation of our souls. This place of Scripture plainly shows that a opinion, or assent to the gospel, without works, is not faith. There is no way to show we really believe in Christ, but by being diligent in good works, from gospel motives, and for gospel purposes. Men may boas to others, and be conceited of that which they really have not. Ther is not only to be assent in faith, but consent; not only an assent to the truth of the word, but a consent to take Christ. True believing is not an act of the understanding only, but a work of the whole heart That a justifying faith cannot be without works, is shown from tw examples, Abraham and Rahab. Abraham believed God, and it was reckone unto him for righteousness. Faith, producing such works, advanced his to peculiar favours. We see then, ver. #(24), how that by works a ma is justified, not by a bare opinion or profession, or believing withou obeying; but by having such faith as produces good works. And to have to deny his own reason, affections, and interests, is an action fit to try a believer. Observe here, the wonderful power of faith in changin sinners. Rahab's conduct proved her faith to be living, or havin power; it showed that she believed with her heart, not merely by a assent of the understanding. Let us then take heed, for the best works without faith, are dead; they want root and principle. By faith an thing we do is really good; as done in obedience to God, and aiming a his acceptance: the root is as though it were dead, when there is n fruit. Faith is the root, good works are the fruits; and we must see to it that we have both. This is the grace of God wherein we stand, and we should stand to it. There is no middle state. Every one must eithe live God's friend, or God's enemy. Living to God, as it is the consequence of faith, which justifies and will save, obliges us to d nothing against him, but every thing for him and to him __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


    αλλ
    235 ερει 2046 5692 τις 5100 συ 4771 πιστιν 4102 εχεις 2192 5719 καγω 2504 εργα 2041 εχω 2192 5719 δειξον 1166 5657 μοι 3427 την 3588 πιστιν 4102 σου 4675 {1: εκ 1537 } {2: χωρις 5565 } των 3588 εργων 2041 σου 4675 καγω 2504 δειξω 1166 5692 σοι 4671 εκ 1537 των 3588 εργων 2041 μου 3450 την 3588 πιστιν 4102 μου 3450

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    18. Without (cwriv). Rev., more literally, apart from.

    And I will shew thee, etc. The Rev. brings out the antithesis more sharply by keeping more closely to the Greek order: I by my works will shew, etc.



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