What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone.
Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it?
What use is it, my brothers, for a man to say that he has faith, if he does nothing? will such a faith give him salvation?
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
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1 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:2.
2 tn Grk “the faith,” referring to the kind of faith just described: faith without works. The article here is anaphoric, referring to the previous mention of the noun πίστις (pisti") in the verse. See ExSyn 219.
3 sn The form of the question in Greek expects a negative answer.