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

  • Bruce
    Velda: Satan,He is a roaring lion seeking whom so ever, makes no difference if you're a child or grown adult. Your post says you're proud of being humble. We cannot sugarcoat danger! A evil seed planted by Satan can grow into--? That's why I said in my post before, your post is scary! Sin looks, tastes,feels good! Did to me!
    We can be thankful for:1John 1:9.( I Thank Him for my Salvation! WOW!)
  • Irene123
    To Velda W. - I understand what you are saying; I don't judge you for 'presenting' it in a public forum, but - discretion is the better part of valor. You show your humility by your attitude; others will notice. But never never speak of it. That's what the Pharisee did as he stood beside the truly humble Jew, Lk.18:10
  • Joyce Ballentine
    James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." IF WE EVER NEED TO LEARN TO RESIST THE DEVIL AS THE BODY OF CHRIST IT IS NOW!!! RESISTING THE DEVIL TAKES SUBMISSION TO GOD HIMSELF! TRYING TO RESIST THE DEVIL WITHOUT THE LORD'S HELP IS IMPOSSIBLE! SATAN AND HIS DEMONS HAS NO FEAR OF US BUT FEARS THE ONE WHO LIVES INSIDE US! James 2:19 "You believe that ther
  • Chef
    Thank God in the name of Jesus, for his humbleness, and as I grow in him each day, I can include "If it's the Lord's will" as he so chooses. The plans that I may have. Be bless all.
  • Velda Wilson
    I am thankful that I know how to be humble
  • Maria Cristina Angeles
    I thank God for this priveledge, being His daughter.Iacknowledge the fact that apart from him, I can do nothing.So i submit myself to God that know me better.God bless to the author of this site I inspired a lot.more success!You're such a blessings.

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