28 For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.(A)

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32 Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works.[a] They stumbled over the stumbling stone.(A)

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  1. 9:32 Other mss add of the law

16 and yet because we know that a person is not justified by the works of the law(A) but by faith in Jesus Christ,[a] even we ourselves have believed in Christ Jesus. This was so that we might be justified by faith in Christ[b] and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will[c] be justified.

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  1. 2:16 Or by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ
  2. 2:16 Or by the faithfulness of Christ
  3. 2:16 Lit law all flesh will not

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith(A) working through love.(B)

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11 In view of this, we always pray for you that our God will make you worthy of his calling,(A) and by his power fulfill your every desire to do good[a] and your work produced by faith,(B)

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  1. 1:11 Or power bring to fruition your desire to do good

Warning against Falling Away

Therefore, let us leave the elementary teaching about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God,(A)

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Faith and Works

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can such faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?(A) 17 In the same way faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.”[a] Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works.(B) 19 You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe—and they shudder.(C)

20 Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? 21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works in offering Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was made complete,(D) 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,[b](E) and he was called God’s friend.(F) 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works in receiving the messengers and sending them out by a different route?(G) 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:18 The quotation may end here or after v. 18b or v. 19.
  2. 2:23 Gn 15:6

19 I know your works—your love, faithfulness,[a] service, and endurance.(A) I know that your last works are greater than the first.

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  1. 2:19 Or faith

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