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James 2:14 - Can such faith save him?

NIV What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
KJV What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
NASB What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
James 2:14


James is describing the man who has nothing but a profession of faith. He says he has faith, but there is nothing about his life that indicates it. The second helpful key is brought out in the NASB. There, the verse closes with the question "Can that faith save him?" In other words, can that kind of faith save? It is all words, and nothing else.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Jas 2:14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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