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

  • Ronald Beal
    Temptation comes from within- we are drawn away, (from the provision of God) when we seek to obtain in our own strength. Lusting is not the temptation to break the Law; Leaving the provision/ power of God and attempting to obtain in our own strength, i.e., Sin. The provision by God is called Faith, all that is not of Faith is Sin, period. Follow "Faith" through the scriptures for confirmation.
  • Bruce
    Temptation is not persecution! Temptation comes from within:V-15.
    Persecution comes from outside Matthew5:10-12,V-11Blessed are ye, when men Shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely---.We are Salt and the only Light the world will see Matthew5:13-16.
    Our Savior is the only one coming to town.He has a list of good and bad. Revelations 20.15
  • Lynn
    Count it all joy . . . Every temptation is persecution from the adversary. Satan's goal is to bury the word in the confusion of living. However rejoicing in temptation allow us to remember the word to perform it in the temptation.
  • Angela
    I think verses 12 -15gives a clear explanation about how we fall into temptations. When we leave our fist Love and steer away from the Lord ,the devil is allowed to temped us and the lust of the flesh is weak and we fall and separate ourself from our lord. Spiritually we have a hard time getting back to the Lord because of the consequences of our actions. There is a hope though repenance .
  • Norm
    For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
  • Mbugua
    Comment*James 1:19 The verse does not demand silence, but rather it encourages caution, teaching the continous discipline of the tongue. Speaking is to be economical, using few words and appropriate. Talebearing is to be strictly avoided because it wounds and tears down. Nothing is as effective in building a relationship as is speaking and hearing to one another

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