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

  • A disciple
    What we should already have as an ingrained fact in our minds; is that which the Lord already has told us of, everything to expect, and that all of our Brethren, before and after, commonly must experience; which is for the proving of our character, to whether we will be counted worthy to enter into the kingdom of God, and be called the companions of our Lord Jesus Christ: To him that OVERCOMES...!
  • A disciple
    We hear so much; (and I've used the form of speech myself many times); about "How hard it is to do [this or that] which the Lord commands us to do, and frankly expects, from good and faithful followers. But what is really the point of our talking this way; to apologize for being so soft, and our hearts only for this world? Why don't we rather assume the language of our true Country and People?
  • Joyce Ballentine
    James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." MY LORD!!! MOST BELIEVERS KNOWS THIS VERSE BUT HAVE TROUBLE DOING THIS! JESUS GAVE US THE BEST EXAMPLE ON HOW TO RESIST SATAN WITH THE WORD! THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY WAY TO RESIST SATAN OUR TRUE ENEMY IN THIS SINFUL FLESH! Mathew 4:4 "Jesus answered Satan, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every w
  • Steve morrow
    *****JAMES 4:7 SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE UNTO GOD RESIST THE devil AND HE WILL FLEE FORM YOU*****
  • Lords body
    James on war is true of all wars.
  • Emmanuel
    James 4:12 their is one lawgiver who saves and destroys .who are you to judge another person .am harboured .

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