James 1:22

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for James 1:22

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers onely, receiuing your owne selues.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But be doers of the word, and not only hearers of it, blinding yourselves with false ideas.
- Basic English Bible

But be ye doers of [the] word and not hearers only, beguiling yourselves.
- Darby Bible

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
- Webster's Bible

But prove yourselves obedient to the Message, and do not be mere hearers of it, imposing a delusion upon yourselves.
- Weymouth Bible

But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves.
- World English Bible

But be ye doeris of the word, and not hereris oneli, disseiuynge you silf.
- Wycliffe Bible

and become ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for James 1:22

Wesley's Notes for James 1:22

1:20 The righteousness of God here includes all duties prescribed by him, and pleasing to him.

1:21 Therefore laying aside - As a dirty garment. All the filthiness and superfluity of wickedness - For however specious or necessary it may appear to worldly wisdom, all wickedness is both vile, hateful, contemptible, and really superfluous. Every reasonable end may be effectually answered without any kind or degree of it. Lay this, every known sin, aside, or all your hearing is vain. With meekness - Constant evenness and serenity of mind. Receive - Into your ears, your heart, your life. The word - Of the gospel. Ingrafted - In believers, by regeneration, #Jas 1:18 and by habit|, #Heb 5:14|. Which is able to save your souls - The hope of salvation nourishes meekness.

1:23 Beholding his face in a glass - How exactly does the scripture glass show a man the face of his soul!

1:24 He beheld himself, and went away - To other business. And forgot - But such forgetting does not excuse.

People's Bible Notes for James 1:22

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only. He who is only a hearer deceiveth himself. See Mt 7:21-23.

Discussion for James 1:22

  • Deborah Aponte on James 1:22
    Does the bible say specifically that the Lord sought the life of Moses for not having his son circumcised or does it say that the Lord would seek the life of the child.
  • Chris - in Reply on James 1:22
    I agree with you, that this passage can appear confusing, so we need to look a little at its history.

    The requirement for male circumcision was ordered by the LORD under the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 17:11-12) & this was one of the signs (a token) of God's Covenant between Him & Israel. The Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, so this rite was either not performed or not done correctly there; but before reaching the Promised Land, Joshua had to re-circumcise all the males: Joshua 5:2.

    With that history in mind, when we look at Exodus chapter 4, we see Moses, after disputing with the LORD about going to meet Pharaoh, finally preparing to return to Egypt to secure the release of the Israelites there. Then in verse 24, we read while Moses' family was travelling & in the Inn, "that the LORD met him (Moses), and sought to kill him (Moses)." Some interpret the "him" as Pharaoh's firstborn son, but that wouldn't make sense, as he was to be the bargaining tool to secure the Israelites' release. Nor could it apply to Moses' son, as at that age (?), the parents were still responsible for having the circumcision performed. It's doubtful that the LORD would have followed through with killing Moses, rather that GOD showed His extreme displeasure in no uncertain terms.

    What we don't read in verse 24, is how the LORD was dealing with Moses about his failure to circumcise his son. Because of Moses' failure to do this prior to returning to Egypt, God's Anger was kindled & He had showed them both that Moses' life was at stake. Zipporah, his wife, immediately took the initiative & circumcised their son, & in anger called Moses, 'a bridegroom of blood' (her husband's failure to have their son properly circumcised forcing her to do the job). Moses may have had his reasons for not circumcising (it's suggested that he didn't want it done in the Egyptian manner which was different to what God prescribed), but his failure to do so, brought on God's displeasure & anger against him.
  • Spike4187 on James 1:22
    Any idea to who Peter is referring to or talking about in 2 Peter 10-12? Thanks
  • Chris - in Reply on James 1:22
    I think you are referring to 2 Peter 2:10-12, Spike. If so, Peter is warning believers about the false prophets in the world & specifically the false teachers amongst them, who were of their number (verse 1). So enraged was Peter over their pernicious beliefs, teachings & despicable acts, that he has devoted a whole chapter to denounce them & warn believers to identify them & turn away from them.

    Peter shares things about those false teachers which we today might not have specific knowledge of, but Peter's readers would know quite well what Peter was referring to as they connect the dots. With Peter's help, it would have become abundantly clear to them about these teachers' fleshly, corrupt, unbiblical teaching that they were overwhelming believers with, in the light & contrast to what the Scriptures had to say. What made it worse, was that their teaching became even more believable as great oratory skills using enticing words, were employed (v 18).
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on James 1:22
    What made me wonder was when Peter wrote about despising government, and the Angels who have more power and might bring not railing accusations against them before the Lord. Made me wonder it it was something other than false Christians who have entered the church. I think I see these types on Television. Many of these preachers I used to watch on Television would say things that were not Biblical, such as Copeland saying God is the biggest failure of the Bible. You can watch that clip on You Tube. Jesse Duplantis claims he counseled God, Joseph Prince who says repentance is a change in your attitude from thinking negatively to thinking positively. These dudes twist the gospel message to fit their own type of Theology that better fills their purses. Copeland with what he says makes me wonder how he ever got to where he got to. How can people sit there and listen to his blasphemy and heresy? Thanks for your response!
  • Chris - in Reply on James 1:22
    You're quite correct in your observations about the many, who for reasons known only to themselves, promote themselves or their errant teachings to the deception & detriment of many gullible believers. But how can we judge them in all truth? Each one of us will have to stand before God for the Truth we hold onto & disseminate to others. And particularly so to those in leadership & appointed to care for our spiritual well-being (Hebrews 13:17).
  • Studying Scriptures in the Bible on James 1:22
    If a question on a particular scripture is needed: you can sometimes get it by googling.

    Type in the google box:

    1. Proverbs 6 commentary. Or

    Proverbs 6 teaching

    That way you'll get the entire chapter

    2. To just get one verse only of scripture-

    Proverbs 6:1 (commentary or teaching, or definition

    Always ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the Word of the Bible. He can open a verse or book like no one else can. He is always my "go to Teacher" on everything I read.

    Just defeat your nerves and shyness and Ask Him to open the mysteries of the Bible to you. He is God too, and you will quickly fall in love with his manner of teaching.

  • Lawvawn Yisrael on James 1:22
    Why is it necessary to hide God's holy name? I've read the scriptures and I find nothing that support this action. Also, who gave man the authority to hide it?
  • Chris - in Reply on James 1:22
    It is not necessary to "hide God's Holy Name" for it has been revealed many times over throughout Scripture & there is no Scripture to forbid us doing it. God has revealed Himself in multiple forms of His Name & this was so that we might know Him & love Him more for Who He is.

    However, for the Jew, they are forbidden to speak God's Name, lest they mistakenly break the third Commandment, "Thou shall not take the Name of the LORD thy God in vain". Yet we are to praise His Name as we often see in the Psalter: e.g. Psalm 69:29,30; Psalm 96. I think that 'authority to hide God's Name' is from man's zeal & inclinations & not from God or His Holy Word.
  • Don badgett - in Reply on James 1:22
    Can you tell me where in the bible the reference is ....the lion shall lay down with the lamb....


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