James 2:9–26

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But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
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For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
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For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
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So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.
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For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
 

 

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What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
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If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
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So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
 

 

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But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
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You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
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Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
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Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
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You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
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and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
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You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
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And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
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For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
 
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