James 2:20
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English Standard Version
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

King James Bible
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

American Standard Version
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

English Revised Version
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?

Webster's Bible Translation
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Weymouth New Testament
But, idle boaster, are you willing to be taught how it is that faith apart from obedience is worthless? Take the case of Abraham our forefather.

James 2:20 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

Vain (κενέ)

Lit., empty, without spiritual life.

Dead (νεκρά)

But the best texts read ἀργή, idle; as of money which yields no interest, or of land lying fallow.

James 2:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

O vain.

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

Job 11:11,12 For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it...

Psalm 94:8-11 Understand, you brutish among the people: and you fools, when will you be wise...

Proverbs 12:11 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding.

Jeremiah 2:5 Thus said the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity...

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations...

1 Corinthians 15:35,36 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come...

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world...

1 Timothy 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside to vain jangling;

Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

that. See on ver.

James 2:14 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Cross References
Romans 3:28
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Romans 9:20
But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me like this?"

1 Corinthians 15:36
You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

James 2:17
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2:26
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

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