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

  • James Jones
    1st person on death hrow north carolina had 20 years 9 months an the. death sentence. 9 days after i was there i met Jesus been a new man ever since I just read 13 14 15 chapters of Ezekiel PLEASE PLEASE. RE,AD IT!
  • Annastein
    This is such a great way to read the Word of God. I love that you can also highlight passages to go back and read.

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  • 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!
  • Marlene
    Our loving Father God instructions on the approach we should take in our daily walk with Him. We must submit our desires, aspirations, plans, actions, speech, relationships, emotions, weaknesses and failures to Him. It is through this submission which indicates our recognition and admission of our need for the Lords guidance and protection that we will recognise the presence of the devil in our lives and through our closeness to God will be connected to the power of the Holy Spirit which gives us the wisdom and the strength to resist and rebuke the devil. Thank you Jesus for your saving power which has made this possible and easily accessible.
  • Travis
    For me this is not just the Verse of the day, this is the answer to the question that I been asking Jesus and I know now what I really have to do Glory be to god
  • Jessica
    Thank you for this wonderful advice!

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