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

  • David V
    Bruce, though the same Greek word for temptation is used it is spoken of in 2 contexts. The first is one in which you "fall into". This is meant to try the faith and produce enduring obedience and faithfulness to God as we experience His grace more and more.
    The second refers to being tempted with that which God cannot be, evil. This comes from within and is inherent in our flesh see Romans 7.
  • Bruce
    Dave:Persecution is hostility or ill-treatment especially because of race or political or religious beliefs. Temptatian: a desire to do something especially something wrong or unwise. Let's get to the "Heart" of the matter.V:14. Temptation comes from within. ( Temptation is not persecution.) John 6:44,1John1:9,you will be Matthew 3:11. You will know! 2Corinthians 5:17. Impossible not to know.
  • David V
    Temptation, or testing, can come both from without and within. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness yet we know that He had no sin in Him. When our inward lust draws us away from God(temptation) at the time we are given opportunity to respond one way or the other(temptation), that is when sin comes about. Persecution is temptation because it gives opportunity to respond according to faith or lust.
  • Vince
    Temptation is not sin, giving in to it is. We must recognize it for what it is and act accordingly
  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise The Lord Jesus
  • Ronald Beal
    Temptation comes from within- we are drawn away, (from the provision of God) when we seek to obtain in our own strength. Lusting is not the temptation to break the Law; Leaving the provision/ power of God and attempting to obtain in our own strength, i.e., Sin. The provision by God is called Faith, all that is not of Faith is Sin, period. Follow "Faith" through the scriptures for confirmation.

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