JAMES 2:26

“faith without works is dead”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

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James 2:26 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
as ὥσπερ Just as, i.e., exactly like as
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
body σῶμα The body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively body
without χωρὶς At a space, i.e., separately or apart from (often as preposition) without
the spirit πνεύματος A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit spirit
is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
dead, νεκρόν Dead (literally or figuratively; also as noun) dead
so οὕτως In this way (referring to what precedes or follows) so
faith πίστις Persuasion, i.e., credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself faith
without χωρὶς At a space, i.e., separately or apart from (often as preposition) without
works ἔργων Toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act works
is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
dead νεκρά Dead (literally or figuratively; also as noun) dead
also. καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words also

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  • 24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

  • 25  Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

  • 26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.




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