I. If you see “faith” that does not produce good works, you can conclude, it’s dead faith, not the genuine thing. Essentially James is asking, "Can faith exist by itself, unconnected from the rest of one's life?" Apparent Contradiction between Paul and James. [Note: Kendall, Once Saved . This “bare faith,” or faith that does not result in a life of good deeds, is not the kind of justifying faith that Paul talks about in Romans 3 & 4. And then he adds, and if faith is like that, producing no reaction and bringing about no movement and no living response, then it too is clearly dead. Abraham was not saved by his obedience in sacrificing Isaac. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy, but has been partial to the rich, and oppressive to the poor; whilst, on the other hand, where by divine grace the heart has been influenced to exercise fervent love, there mercy rejoiceth against judgment; such a one shall not be afraid of appearing at God's bar, but through the great Redeemer shall have boldness, and, if faithful unto death, shall find favour with God in that day. All this indicates that the Epistle of James is subsequent to that to the Romans; long enough subsequent for that great epistle to have powerfully influenced the mind of the Church. Where that vital principle is implanted, its powerful energy will be evidenced; and we may as assuredly conclude, where no fruits of grace appear in the temper and conversation, that the soul is really dead in sin, as that the body is dead when the spirit is departed, and nothing but the lifeless clay remains. both are dead. As a body without the soul hath the shape and lineaments of a man, but nothing that may discover life in it; so faith without works may be like true faith, have some resemblance of it, but hath nothing to discover the truth and life of it. He is not trusting and obeying God day by day. True faith ever produces genuine fruit, and worketh by love, without which the profession of faith is useless. James 2:14-17. Neither can the body act without the spirit and hence when alone the body is dead. James takes up the topic of work in detail in the second part of chapter 2. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books. The italics are his.]. James 2:26 is added as a reason ( γάρ), primarily indeed, to what directly goes before ( ἐξ ἔργων ἐδικαιώθη), but thereby likewise to the universal sentiment contained in James 2:24. And yet this is not precisely the view that St. James in this paragraph presents. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, For as the body without the spirit is dead -. Hebrews 11:8 states, “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed….” That verse refers to his obedience in leaving his homeland and going to the promised land. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." The works of the Mosaic law are by no means necessary; and it is not by our obedience to any law, but by embracing and resting upon the mercy of God in Christ, for our salvation, that we obtain it. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. Bible Language English. How truly James’s statements do stand as a perpetual corrective of the antinomianism often inferred from Paul’s language in successive periods of the Church, is well illustrated by Wesley’s experience with the Moravians, given in our vol. In other words, He must have a different kind of faith in order to save him. ii., p. 188. 1. The inquiry, by what this is conditioned, is not discussed by James in his Epistle at all; yet it is to be observed that to him the foundation of the Christian life is πίστις, and that he designates the new birth (chap. Learn more. Illustration: Ever tried a diet that didn't work? 3. [14] Is anyone among you sick? But also, with Paul, he believed that good works prove that faith is genuine. 4. Or, sometimes justify has the sense of “demonstrate to be righteous or right.” In this sense, James would be claiming that the righteousness that Abraham had obtained from God by faith (Gen. 15:6) was demonstrated openly when he obeyed God by offering Isaac on the altar (Gen. 22). James 2:26 Hebrew Bible כי כאשר הגוף בלי נשמה מת הוא כן גם האמונה בלי מעשים מתה היא׃ James 2:26 Aramaic NT: Peshitta ܐܝܟܢܐ ܕܦܓܪܐ ܕܠܐ ܪܘܚܐ ܡܝܬ ܗܘ ܗܟܢܐ ܐܦ ܗܝܡܢܘܬܐ ܕܠܐ ܥܒܕܐ ܡܝܬܐ ܗܝ ܀ He never says, for example, "The trouble with you people is that you are not saved." See our notes on, . iv, p. 209. James 2:26. : Spitta’s suggested reading, , is very ingenious, but quite unnecessary; is often used of “breath,” and the Greek equivalent, , is also used in the same way in the Septuagint. Already by Calvin, Calovius, Gerhard, and others, and in recent times particularly by Hofmann, Wiesinger, Brückner, Lange, Philippi, and others, the wished-for reconciliation has been attempted to be brought about, by ascribing a different meaning to the word δικαιοῦσθαι in James from what it has in Paul; that James speaks not de actu, but de statu justificationis. It is more than mere historical belief. ‘A ferryman in the Highlands, of pious mind and life, had his oars inscribed respectively “Faith” and “Works.” A passenger one day, observing the quaint words, asked what they meant. 26.] for grace, while seeking justification before God, upon the sole footing of the Person, blood-shedding, and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be found an eminent example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity! Far from it. The spirit: this may be understood either, according to the marginal reading, of the breath; and then the sense is, that life and breath being inseparable companions, as the the of breath argues want of life in the body, so, lively faith and works being as inseparable, want of works argues want of life in faith: or, according to the reading in the text, spirit, taking it for that substance which animates the body, and is the cause of vital functions in it, which is sometimes called spirit, Psalms 31:5 Ecclesiastes 12:7 1 Corinthians 2:11; and then the sense is, that as a body is without a soul, so faith is without works, i.e. No way! No matter how great your sins, the Bible promises, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. uses a different analogy to explain: “Faith is the root, good works are the fruits, and we must see to it that we have both.”. King James Translators' Notes. and are not those for the most part to be found among the poor, who yield to be saved by grace, and are accordingly made partakers of all the glorious privileges of the gospel? How truly James’s statements do stand as a perpetual corrective of the antinomianism often inferred from Paul’s language in successive periods of the Church, is well illustrated by Wesley’s experience with the Moravians, given in our vol. An All-Round Ministry James 5:13-20 James 5:13-20 (ESV) Is anyone among you suffering? For as the body without the spirit is dead. False faith that is an empty profession does not justify. Let’s answer some of these questions. There is a middle view, that there is indeed a diversity of doctrine between Paul and James, but that this does not exclude a higher unity; thus Schmid, Weizsäcker (Renter’s Repert. If we love Christ we must love Christ’s people.—‘By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, that ye love one another.’ It is faith in and love for Christ that prompt to good works—works of charity, works of love, works of mercy. As a Roman Catholic priest and monk, Martin Luther fastidiously observed all of the rituals and disciplines of his order, but none of them seemed to bring him close to God. It is possible for a Christian to exercise "saving faith" and then to stop "walking by faith." Galatians 2:16 "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." ], "Never once does James question whether the rich-or poor-have been saved. Commentary. 1 a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings. Finally, after years of struggle, he was wrestling with Paul’s words in Romans 1:17, that in the gospel “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’”  Here are Luther’s own words (cited in Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity, Tim Dowley, ed. Both were apostles, but neither of the twelve. "And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father"s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho." God’s present judgment is as much “according to” our works as his final. For by grace you have been saved through faith. A consciousness of those many defects and imperfections, which the best of men may see reason to charge themselves with, should certainly engage our most earnest application to God for mercy; and as we desire to obtain it, let it be our care to exercise mercy to others, both in the candour of our censures, on the one hand, and the readiness of our liberality, on the other. Charles Simeon (Expository Outlines on the Whole Bible [Zondervan], 20:70) offers two wise bits of counsel: (1) Do not separate faith and works; (2) Do not confound them. (James 2:26) I never cease to get both amazed and a little bit aggravated at these people who claim to receive Christ, they claim to be saved, they claim to have placed their faith in Him. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? James may have picked Rahab to contrast with Abraham. James stresses the work of the believer in relation to faith; Paul stresses the work of Christ in relation to faith. Rahab is the second person that James uses to prove that faith works out in action. This sermon was preached on November 12, 2006. We see the same thing in Acts 15, at the Jerusalem Council. 4:5), ‘But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.’ But James states that Abraham and Rahab were justified by works (James 2:21, 25). Not one moment do we hesitate to place the words of this illustrious apostle, James of Jerusalem, the brother of the Lord himself, lineal son of David, and hereditary king of the twelve tribes, as coequal in authority with Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles. Blessed and Eternal Spirit! For as the body without the spirit is dead. You have heard sermon after sermon, understood and even affirmed the truths as they were spoken. "And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses. Was not Abraham our father justified by works, and proved to be a true believer, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? The Christian is saved by faith - Ep 2:8 c. The Christian is to walk (live) by faith - 2Co 5:7 d. 4:4-7). He plainly says (2:24), ‘You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.’ How can you possibly reconcile these words with Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith alone?”. 4. His faith has no vital effect on the way he presently lives. He supports what he advances with scripture evidence: [1.] (2.) Night and day I pondered until … I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby, through grace and sheer mercy, he justifies us by faith. It would be even more impressive for the President to call that man his friend. When the two Hebrew spies came to town, she hid them from the king’s men and then sent them out by a way so that they could escape. But James reverses this. If I wanted independent confirmation of St. Paul's doctrine of justification by faith, I would seek it in the confession of any man whose spiritual consciousness was ever so slightly awakened, and who sought, on his knees before God, some communication of the Divine life; and I am sure that the earnestness with which such a man would implore help from above would sufficiently show that no works of man can establish that union with God which is the life of the human soul. hē pistis) save him? But it is important to let God do a check to make sure that you truly have faith. Saving faith.—The answer to the question, ‘Can faith save?’ is assuredly in the affirmative. He is using the word in the sense of the Book of Proverbs, that we are spiritually foolish. As the body without the spirit is dead, that is, as the body is known to be dead, if we perceive no vital actions flowing from the soul, so is faith dead, if we see it not demonstrated by effectual operation: as it is necessary to the being of a living body that it be united to the soul, so it is necessary to the being of a living Christian's faith, that it brings forth works of obedience in the Christian's life: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. KJV: King James Version . It is not enough to think we have faith. Series: James. Justification (so called by Paul) is conditioned on the part of man only by πίστις; the future σωτηρία will only be adjudged to him in whom πίστις has proved itself to be a working principle. As the body, &c.] Yet is not charity the soul of faith, but the vital spirit only. The event of Abraham’s faith (Gen. 15:6) took place at least 30 or 40 years before Abraham offered Isaac on the altar. 2. Thou mayest perhaps say thou are no atheist; thou believest that there is one God; so far thou dost well: but what influence has this faith upon thee? Good works are not necessary to keep us from going to hell. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? Let me review what I said last week about how we need to approach a difficult text such as the one before us. But they do not include hell, and nothing James writes suggests this. (2.) I cannot emphasize enough that James 2 has nothing whatsoever to do with the gaining, keeping, or proving of eternal life. This comparison appears so far incongruous, as the relation of ἔργα to πίστις does not correspond with that of πνεῦμα to the σῶμα, since ἔργα are the fruit, and not the source of πίστις. So speak ye, and so do, in every word and work seek to approve yourselves to God, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty; and who being brought under the gospel dispensation of light and grace, have the strongest obligations to shew an impartial, genuine, universal, and cheerful obedience to the Redeemer's commands. 1. The consistency of James with Paul has, nevertheless, been recognised by the German scholars, Neander, Wiesinger, and Hengstenberg; but denied by De Wette, Baur, and other rationalists. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. In the same way, faith that does not reach out through actions to seize the sacrifice of Christ and continue to hold firmly to it, has no real life or existence and cannot put a man right with God. Last week I made a case from Romans 4:1-5 for the truth that we are justified by faith alone, not by works. Saved by Grace Through Faith. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Soteriology (Salvation), Faith, Regeneration, Justification, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. We must believe Christ-really believe-that He is the Savior and Lord of … Before the Reformation no difficulty of reconciliation was felt. He next took up that marked “Works” and attempted to row with it—the same result. By this likewise the opinion is confirmed, that the composition of the Epistle belongs not to the later, but to the earlier apostolic times; see on this Sec. Paul was looking at God’s initial declaration that the believer is righteous through faith in the blood of Christ (Rom. Faith apart from [ chooris (Greek #5565)] the spirit of faith, which is LOVE (and love evidences itself in works), is dead, according to Paul also, 1 Corinthians 13:2. (f)shows that the same thing was true of another case recorded in the Old Testament - that of Rahab James 2:25; and then observes James 2:26 that faith without works would have no more claim to being true religion than a dead body, without a soul, would be regarded as a living man. But so far as time comes into view this distinction fails; for God’s judicial estimate of us is ever now, “according to” our present moral state. ", [Note: Stulac, p116. Note the graphic nature of the illustration. That the doctrine of James so understood is in agreement with that of Paul follows from the following remarks:—(1) James here evidently says nothing against the Pauline doctrine of justification, since his ἐξ ἔργων does not refer to being placed in a new relation to God, of which there is no mention. 1. Works, therefore, though never justifying without faith, do have, as inhering in faith, an auxiliary justifying effect. James here is reflecting the words of Jesus when He said (Luke 6:43-44), “For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. Paul shows us that actions without faith cannot put us right with God, and so he emphasizes faith. All this indicates that the Epistle of James is subsequent to that to the Romans; long enough subsequent for that great epistle to have powerfully influenced the mind of the Church. It does not ask whether there are good works to do, but before the question rises, it has already done them, and is always at the doing of them. . To believe that is to confound faith and works and to deny the gospel of God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. At first sight it would seem that the comparison, in order to be correct, would require to be inverted; inasmuch as faith is a spiritual principle, whereas works are its external manifestations; so that we would require to read: ‘so works without faith are dead also.’ But what James insists on here is not the deadness of works without faith, but the converse, the deadness of faith without works. Do not rich men, to whom you pay such undue deference, oppress you, and draw you before the judgment-seats, with litigious suits, and exercise the most cruel tyranny over you? 26. To follow Christ, we must count the cost and turn from our sins. We must not, however, press the metaphor too far. So please turn your Bible with me to James chapter 2. Huther, in a brief excursus, summarizes its history. James 2:14-26 is not teaching that if a person fails to have good works, then this proves that they do not have eternal life. Often times, the best place to look for answers is righ… When we do that with regard to justification, we learn that both James and Paul teach that…. Read James 2:20-26. such empty words have nothing of godlike charity in them, and are as mere sounding brass and tinkling cymbals. He went on to request that believing Gentiles abstain from certain matters so that they would not offend the Jews. (14) The conclusion repeated again: faith does not bring forth fruits and works is not faith, but a dead carcass. There are many other issues, such as the role of the pope, the sacraments, the veneration of Mary, prayers to the saints, penance, purgatory, etc. Note; (1.) pneumais commonly used to denote spirit or soul, as referring to the intelligent nature. i., p. 51. Paul had thus to prove that ἔργα τοῦ νόμου were not necessary; James, that ἔργα τῆς πίστεως were necessary. Is not the gospel chiefly preached to them, because they will hear it? Let us also learn to guard against that partiality in our obedience to it, which is utterly inconsistent with sincerity. I approve you not. and I will shew thee my faith by my works, which are the only indisputable evidences of its truth. Therefore we who are Christians should be careful to continue to keep trusting and obeying God day by day. They came from the soul of the composer who wrote it. And in this, our moral sum total under God’s adjudication, faith is properly viewed as one of the, “according to” which we are judged. Illustration: Ever tried a diet that didn't work? Works are not added to faith, but rather they are inextricably a part of genuine faith. It is interesting that Rahab is usually referred to in the Bible as Rahab the harlot, even after her conversion. If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 10:13). Both a dead body and dead faith were alive at one time. From the whole therefore it appears evident, that nominal faith, or the mere profession of it, without any living fruits of grace produced from it, is mere hypocrisy. Finally, we must seek to synthesize all that the Bible teaches on a particular topic into one harmonized, unified whole. The man who has a living faith cannot help doing good; it is the fruit of his faith. Galatians 3:8 "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed." The whole of Scripture took on a new meaning, and whereas before ‘the righteousness of God’ had filled me with hate, now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love. This verse also reveals that if life is present, then the spirit is present. For as the body without the spirit is dead. So the obedient faith that James is describing is not just outward obedience to a list of commandments. The biblical truth is, we are justified by faith alone, but good works prove that our faith in Christ alone is genuine, saving faith. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works; and did she not give a solid proof of the faith she possessed; when, in consequence thereof, great as the danger was to which she must expose herself, she had received the messengers, who came to spy out the country, and had sent them out another way? Let him sing praise. Paul was writing to those who taught that we must add our works to faith in Christ in order to be justified. The doctrine of James in this section is according to expression in opposition with that of the Apostle Paul (James: ἐξ ἔργων δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος καὶ οὐκ ἐκ πίστεως μόνον; Paul, Galatians 2:16 : οὖ δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ἔργων νόμου, ἐὰν μὴ διὰ πίστεως; James asks: ἀβραὰμ οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων ἐδικαίωθη; Paul, in Romans 4:2, says: εἰ ἀβραὰμ ἐξ ἔργων ἐδικαιώθη, ἐχεῖκαύχημα, ἀλλʼ οὐ πρὸς τὸν θεόν). And his answer is a resounding. Saving faith is the means by which we become united to a Person—even Jesus Christ; it is the channel through which Divine grace flows into our souls; by it we become one with Christ, and Christ with us. [It is] God that justifieth." An unprofitable faith (James 2:14). Salvation is not achieved, but seized! Let faith then be active and influential. .—A closing simile of much force, As the body without the spirit, so faith without works. And yet this is not precisely the view that St. James in this paragraph presents. ... — In reality, if you do not know God, you are being held captive by the Devil—2Timothy 2:26. c. Our abilities, gifts, talents & life are due to God and rest in the hands of God—Glorify Him! James does not mince words! Huther, in a brief excursus, summarizes its history. James, on the contrary, uses them not in the application peculiar to Paul, but in the manner in which they are used in the O. T. Also the reference to Abraham by James is not to be explained on the ground that Paul confirms his doctrine of justification by what happened to Abraham; for, since James designed to appeal for his assertion to an O. T. type, it was entirely natural that his glance should first fall on Abraham; also the distinction is to be observed that James used Abraham only as an example, whereas Paul, as Schleiermacher correctly observes, “referred to him his entire peculiar system of doctrine, whilst he would trace back to him the special covenant of the people with God.”. The Relationship of Faith and Works 2:14-26. by Chester McCalley. But ye have despised the poor; to your shame and guilt be it spoken. 3:22). We are saved, not by works or deeds, but by the grace of God, redeemed by His work on the cross. (5.) Romans 8:33 "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God"s elect? St. James is not referring in this Epistle to those who are thus possessed of a living faith, but rather to those—of whom there are so many in our congregations to-day—who are content with a mere intellectual assent to the Christian faith, and upon whose lives the claims of Christ have no power. It may have the appearance of the real thing. Teach me, Lord, that if it were possible for a man to keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:14-17. This is a sermon on James 2:26 ***** Sermon on James 2:26 ***** By: Rev. so faith without works is dead also. He simply pointed to Christ as the way to the Father, and therefore to union with Christ, or faith in Him, as the only conceivable means of bringing forth fruit to the praise and glory of God. But in reality they deny what Scripture teaches about the nature of genuine faith, that it is inseparable from a life of good works. [This does not contradict any of Paul’s teaching about faith, as James 2:22 shows. A dead faith (James 2:17, 20, 26). Salvation through faith is one of the most prominent truths of the Christian religion, and, in spite of some evidence to the contrary, there is nothing in the Epistle of St. James which is contrary to that great teaching. It is to be observed that in Galatians 5:6, πίστις διʼ ἀγάπης ἐνεργου΄ένη does not (as is almost universally assumed) refer to δικαιοῦσθαι, but to ἀπεκδέχεσθαι ἐλπίδα δικαιοσύνης, thus to the hope of those who are σεσωσμένοι διὰ τῆς πίστεως. Sermon Bible Commentary. He therefore emphasizes that Abraham’s faith was not confined to a mental reorientation at the time of his “conversion” or to an occasional verbal profession but that it was an active force, constantly at work along with his deeds. That is what James is warning us to avoid. And that view Paul never denies, but frequently implies. That quote is from none other than Martin Luther (Commentary to the Romans [Kregel], p. xvii)! He meant that the person with dead faith has saving faith, but he is not living by faith now. Think about music: The symphony, classic rock—where did these things come from? To that, the wisdom of the Old Testament adds its witness to the warnings of James. Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God. I could quote many similar statements, but one must suffice: “If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified: let him be anathema” (Session 6, Canon 12, in Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom [Baker], 2:113.) Can such faith save them? Only on this supposition does James say what he designs to say; for if δικαιοῦσθαι (so also σώζειν, James 2:14) refers to the judgment of God still in the future for believers, the proof that it has ἔργα for its essential condition effectually hits the opponent who thought to be able to obtain σωτηρία by an inoperative faith. So antinomian had they become by implicitly following Luther and overstraining Paul, that he took to expounding James to bring them to the right position. Although we’ve had to wade through some detailed explanations to see how James and Paul fit together, as I said at the outset, this is not just an academic matter! Saved by Grace Through Faith. That there was a standing antithesis, without real contradiction, between Paul and James, is evinced by the “from James” of Galatians 2:12, (where see note, with our note on Acts 15:6;) and we believe that antithesis is here stated, and was, on James’s part, intentional and wise. James 2:14-26 is not teaching that if a person fails to have good works, then this proves that they do not have eternal life. Nevertheless, it is vain to pretend to such a faith, if good works are not produced by it; and we might as soon expect the guardianship and counsel, the offices and consolations of friendship, from a dead corpse, as happiness from a mere assent, even to the most important doctrines. 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