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

  • Raja
    praise a lord god always help me and always always
  • Immy purity
    faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. faith makes us know that we can have it. we certainly must have it
  • Amala C
    It is very true that God will not forsake those who WAIT ON HIM the waiting time is the most important time. we need to seek His face continually. His grace willl help us to stand firm.
  • Marivic Marin
    When I was a new Christian God gave me a verse about faith word was empty to me at that time bec. I didnt understand as the spirit of God teaches me through my experience my circumstances, i started to grow in His word Faith not my own understanding but through Him. I never even realise that this is my weapon for all circumtances, situations I am going to face and He will be with me in it, He will never leave me nor forsake me through His word and I have faith in Him. His word become in my flesh. I walk by faith and not by sight. To God be the glory
  • Glenn
    I should read Jesus every morning, in this world of so many temptations I struggle so hard with my mind and feel I am a vessel of wrath, a let now to the Lord, not worthy of even picking up his word, but I keep waiting for mental stamina, and will I guess until I have passed. I will pray today not just for me, but for every one who can't get it right.
  • Jannette
    Reading this today spoke to my heart. I want to be a doer of the word not just a hearer but temptation does pull you into criticizing others instead of treating them as God has treated us with kindness, nonjudgmental and graceful. Thank you God for these words of encouragement and guidance written by James. Blessed be your name.

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