James 4:17

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore to him that knoweth to doe good, and doth it not, to him it is sinne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore, to one who knows {the} right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The man who has knowledge of how to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
- Basic English Bible

To him therefore who knows how to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.
- Darby Bible

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
- Webster's Bible

If, however, a man knows what it is right to do and yet does not do it, he commits a sin.
- Weymouth Bible

To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin.
- World English Bible

Therfor it is synne to hym, that kan do good, and doith not.
- Wycliffe Bible

to him, then, knowing to do good, and not doing, sin it is to him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 4:17


4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not - That knows what is right, and does not practise it. To him it is sin - This knowledge does not prevent, but increase, his condemnation.


People's Bible Notes for James 4:17


Jas 4:17 To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin. The connection of thought is probably as follows: "I have warned you that such boasting is wrong, and that the right way is to speak submissively. If you know how to do the right and yet do it not, the sin is the greater on account of your knowledge". See Jas 4:15.

Discussion for James 4

  • Maria Cristina Angeles
    I thank God for this priveledge, being His daughter.Iacknowledge the fact that apart from him, I can do nothing.So i submit myself to God that know me better.God bless to the author of this site I inspired a lot.more success!You're such a blessings.
  • Chottom k sangma
    I also want to be humble but I'm a quick temper please pray for me I'm humble request to everyone
  • Kathie
    A great deal to study, learn, make a full part of my life. Less is certainly more. I will love the freedom
  • Patricia Leht
    Pride brings believers down,but humbleness lift us up.we should stop boasting and humble our self before God so that He Himself will exalts us.
  • Robert
    We all have sin we have choices to make to ask God's forgiveness and draw closer or not.Don't look at some one else's sin this is about us.we only have now .
  • Yvonne
    It's easy to love those who already love you, but to love the unlovely that's what Jesus also tried to do and I know it's our job too to try that, a very humble and difficult task, but we know , If we humble ourselves before the Lord, we can do all things Thru Jesus, which strengthens us!

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