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

  • Traci Taylor
    Praise God for the word of the Lord! The word is the only way to examine the truth about man to the point where even God says "Man hall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God" It is powerful and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. A wonderful remedy for things that attempt to alter, distort, or pervert us. The book of James is a mirror.
  • A disciple
    "Jesus spent 3 quarters of His time in Ministry healing the sick and delivering people from the hold of the devil.." John the Baptist preached that every valley would be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low; the crooked be made straight, and the rough places made plain. The work of God is that we believe, and by our faith preparing to meet our God. Patient Endurance in Obedience by FAITH.
  • Darrick Triplett
    Knowing this, that the ' trying of your faith ,Faith , And Faith worketh patience.
  • Steve morrow
    PHILIPPIANS 1:29 FOR UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN IN BEHALF OF CHRIST --- NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE --- ON HIM --- BUT ALSO TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE COLOSSIANS 3:12 PUT ON THEREFORE AS THE ELECT OF GOD HOLY AND BELOVED BOWELS OF MERCIES KINDNESS --- HUMBLENESS OF MIND --- MEEKNESS LONGSUFFERING 1 TIMOTHY 1:16 HOWBEIT FOR THIS CAUSE I OBTAINED MERCY --- THAT IN ME FIRST --- JESUS CHRIST MIGHT SHOW FORTH ALL LONGSUFFERING FOR A PATTERN TO THEM WHICH SHOULD HEREAFTER BELIEVE ON HIM TO LIFE EVERLASTING MY BRETHREN COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU FALL INTO DIVERSE TEMPTATIONS --1:3-- KNOWING THIS THAT THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKETH PATIENCE --1:4-- BUT LET PATIENCE HAVE HER --PERFECT WORK-- THAT YOU MAY BE PERFECT AND ENTIRE WANTING NOTHING 2 TIMOTHY 3:12 YEA AND ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION
  • A disciple
    "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:3 In the context of all that is here being said by James what were the "temptations" in which they were exhorted to rejoice in? Because of the persecution that arose over the matter of Stephen, all but the Apostles were driven out and scattered, to look for new homes as strangers in foreign Countries. The relentless and merciless pursuit by their own countrymen even into far away lands, was terribly cruel. Now adding the temptations that are more common to us all which have to do with our character and sanctification and the chastisements necessary for growth and coming to maturity this is a very excellent and serious instruction! Jesus spent 3 4 of His time in Ministry healing the sick and delivering people from the hold of the devil all in things for their comfort and well being in this present evil world, and in our present condition of humiliations and temptations! Whatever our troubles, and however we are put to the test walking in truth trusting in the Lord over all we see and feel and experience is the walk of victory and overcoming! Let us consider the things that will be for one another's well being and comfort, and regard our own trials and torments as those things sent by our Father for our healing and freedom, and the end everlasting life.
  • Fredrick kayemba
    Glory to God really ur doing a great work in the kingdom of God may His Hand continue to bless u perfectly

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