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

  • Norm
    The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
  • 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.
  • Norm
    For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
  • TheTruth
    How the bible speaks to us by the spirit of are Messiah. Where are we in 2016? You can clearly see how these Prophecy is being fulfilled every day without a doubt but sadly in are time people don't want to hear the TRUTH instead people are so quick to wrath over no sense of knowledge,people nowadays for more focus on there phones,games,movies and all material things of all kinds less important. And one thing they fail to acknowledge giving back to are creator who created us and everything in this world from dust of the ground. But we as Christians real Christians need to hear the word of GOD and spread it around pass your knowledge to others. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Let your light so shine for others to see who you are children of the light. Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light Study the bible keep the word of GOD in your mouth and in your heart and mind always, and put it as your everyday life and put on the full of armor of GOD-Ephesians 6:13 Lets not forget to always follow his commandments and he will write his laws within your heart and mind focus my brothers and sisters do not let this precious time pass on by use your time wise. Walk with him follow Jesus Christ.
  • 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
  • Noma
    God is love above all things. His love for us is unconditional and so we must just hold on to his love,and share his love amongst ourselves and above all to the unsaved

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