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Matthew 7:24-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Two Foundations

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!”

Romans 2:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 2:13 Or will be justified or acquitted

James 2:14-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Faith and Works

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith[a] 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, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.”[b] Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.[c] 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe—and they shudder.

20 Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:14 Or Can faith, or Can that faith, or Can such faith
  2. James 2:18 The quotation may end here or after v. 18b or v. 19.
  3. James 2:18 Other mss read Show me your faith from your works, and from my works I will show you my faith.

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