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

  • Emanuel Fernandes
    Don't be a partaker of other men sins this means don't participate in sin or cover it up or look the other way. That sin of omission which is a common sin all Christians are guilty of frequently
  • Mumde
    I thank God for this book, a brother in Christ was teaching about temptations last week and asked the congregation where all thought temptations come from. It was sad to note that most of us including myself were not sure up until the teacher read from James 1 vs 13. I learnt that I need to read the Bible as much often as possible so I don't miss salvation because of ignorance
  • Doris McIntosh
    "keep himself unspotted from the world". Does this not mean that we should not participate in or condone things of the world that we know is sin? People too often say it is just changing times.
    "Be not conformed to this world but rather by the renewing of your mind...". I agree that it is very clear James should be applied to every day living.
  • Athieno morrine
    God is awesome!
  • Mr. Smith
    Victoria. Amen sister. So sad that so many people blame everything that happens to them on God. Stay strong!
  • A disciple
    "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." We are of the world to come which the Lord Jesus brings from the right hand of the Father to establish the world in righteousness and truth and life everlasting. The soundness and solidity of our understanding of this is what makes our faith in Him firmly established and unmovable. We are not uncertain about the truth, that God is! And we are not unstable and flow to the point of least resistance like water but our stability is in the supreme greatness and authority of Him who both created the waters, and walks upon them! Let us strive with all earnestness and determination to let patience have its perfect work in us, that we should not be ashamed at His coming but receive Him with fullness of joy and expectation when He appears.

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