James 1:23

“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like vnto a man beholding his naturall face in a glasse:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because if any man is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a glass;
- Basic English Bible

For if any man be a hearer of [the] word and not a doer, *he* is like to a man considering his natural face in a mirror:
- Darby Bible

For if any is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
- Webster's Bible

For if any one listens but does not obey, he is like a man who carefully looks at his own face in a mirror.
- Weymouth Bible

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror;
- World English Bible

For if ony man is an herere of the word, and not a doere, this schal be licned to a man that biholdith the cheer of his birthe in a mirour;
- Wycliffe Bible

because, if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one hath been like to a man viewing his natural face in a mirror,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:23


1:23 Beholding his face in a glass - How exactly does the scripture glass show a man the face of his soul!


People's Bible Notes for James 1:23


Jas 1:23,24 He is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. The point of the comparison is this: Like a man who looks in the glass and soon forgets the impression, so the impression of the word on such a man is soon forgotten. The word must be impressed by the doing of it.

Discussion for James 1

  • Derek
    Keep the two great commandments and believe in Christ and the one who sent him and join you life to that of God. In so doing you will have eternal life.
  • Wayne
    It seems you are stretching and creating something other than the simple Word of God. Which is easily understood by all.
  • Debra
    'To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction' means to 'visit, speak the true gospel' to men/women who do not yet know their Loving Father in Heaven, and to 'visit, speak the true gospel' to the men/women who are 'widowed, dead in Christ, separated from the union with Christ' meaning those who are not yet prepared, or have lost their way, to meet the bridegroom, Christ. Spiritually Lost
  • Kevin
    For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
    24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
  • Venus Mosley
    James has cool wisdom that we can discuss! In the word's of God's Holy Spirit!
    Grace be unto you, the words can save our spiritual hearts!
  • BSP
    In verse 27 the form of worship that is clean in God's eyes is described.

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