James 1:23
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English Standard Version
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.

King James Bible
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:

American Standard Version
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:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass.

English Revised Version
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:

Webster's Bible Translation
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:

Weymouth New Testament
For if any one listens but does not obey, he is like a man who carefully looks at his own face in a mirror.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Beholding (κατανοοῦντι)

With the notion of attentively considering (κατά, down into, or through; compare εἰς, into, James 1:25). Compare Luke 12:24, Luke 12:27; Hebrews 3:1. So that the contrast is not between a hasty look and a careful contemplation (James 1:25, looketh). It is not mere careless hearing of the word which James rebukes, but the neglect to carry into practice what is heard. One may be an attentive and critical hearer of the word, yet not a doer.

His natural face (τὸ πρόσωπον τῆς γενέσεως)

Lit., the countenance of his birth; the face he was born with.

In a glass (ἐν ἐσόπτρῳ)

Better, Rev., a mirror; a metallic mirror. The word occurs only here and 1 Corinthians 13:12.

James 1:23 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

See on ch.

James 2:14-26 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him...

Jeremiah 44:16 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you.

Ezekiel 33:31,32 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

Matthew 7:26,27 And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man...

Luke 6:47-49 Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like...

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Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

James 1:24
For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

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