James 1:23
New International Version
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror

New Living Translation
For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.

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.

Berean Study Bible
For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror,

Berean Literal Bible
because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror,

New American Standard Bible
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;

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:

Christian Standard Bible
Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his own face in a mirror.

Contemporary English Version
If you hear the message and don't obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror

Good News Translation
If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror.

International Standard Version
For if anyone hears the word but is not obedient to it, he is like a man who looks at himself in a mirror

NET Bible
For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror.

New Heart English Bible
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his natural face in a mirror;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if a man will be a hearer of the word and not a doer of it, this one is like one who sees his face in a mirror,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If someone listens to God's word but doesn't do what it says, he is like a person who looks at his face in a mirror,

New American Standard 1977
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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if anyone hears the word and does not put it into practice, this same is like unto the man beholding his natural face in a mirror:

King James 2000 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 mirror:

American King James Version
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to 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.

Darby Bible Translation
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:

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.

World English 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;

Young's Literal Translation
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,
Study Bible
Hearing and Doing
22Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. 23For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, 24and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

James 1:24
and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

Treasury of Scripture

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

See on ch.

James 2:14-26
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? …

Jeremiah 44:16
As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.

Ezekiel 33:31,32
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness…







Lexicon
For
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

anyone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

who hears
ἀκροατὴς (akroatēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 202: A hearer of, a listener to. From akroaomai; a hearer.

[the] word
λόγου (logou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

but
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

does not carry it out
ποιητής (poiētēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4163: (a) a maker, poet, (b) a doer, carrier out, performer. From poieo; a performer; specially, a 'poet'.

is like
ἔοικεν (eoiken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1503: To be like, resemble. Apparently a primary verb; to resemble.

a man [who]
ἀνδρὶ (andri)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

looks
κατανοοῦντι (katanoounti)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2657: To take note of, perceive, consider carefully, discern, detect, make account of. From kata and noieo; to observe fully.

at his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

face
πρόσωπον (prosōpon)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4383: From pros and ops; the front, i.e. The countenance, aspect, appearance, surface; by implication, presence, person.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

a mirror,
ἐσόπτρῳ (esoptrō)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2072: A mirror, looking-glass (made of highly polished metal). From eis and a presumed derivative of optanomai; a mirror.
(23) He is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.--The Apostle points grimly to an example of this self-deception. He (literally, this) is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror. Not a "glass," but a mirror of polished steel, such as are still used in the East. "His natural face," or the face of his birth--the real appearance, that is, which the reflection of the Word of God, properly looked into, will afford the inquirer.

Verses 23, 24. - Illustration from life, showing the folly of being led astray. His natural face (τὸ πρόσωπον τῆς γενέσεως αὐτοῦ); literally, the face of his birth. The expression is an unusual one, but there is no doubt of its meaning. In a glass; rather, in a mirror, ἐν ἐσόπτρῳ: cf. 1 Corinthians 13:12, Δἰ ἐσόπτρου. The mirror of burnished brass. 1:22-25 If we heard a sermon every day of the week, and an angel from heaven were the preacher, yet, if we rested in hearing only, it would never bring us to heaven. Mere hearers are self-deceivers; and self-deceit will be found the worst deceit at last. If we flatter ourselves, it is our own fault; the truth, as it is in Jesus, flatters no man. Let the word of truth be carefully attended to, and it will set before us the corruption of our nature, the disorders of our hearts and lives; and it will tell us plainly what we are. Our sins are the spots the law discovers: Christ's blood is the laver the gospel shows. But in vain do we hear God's word, and look into the gospel glass, if we go away, and forget our spots, instead of washing them off; and forget our remedy, instead of applying to it. This is the case with those who do not hear the word as they ought. In hearing the word, we look into it for counsel and direction, and when we study it, it turns to our spiritual life. Those who keep in the law and word of God, are, and shall be, blessed in all their ways. His gracious recompence hereafter, would be connected with his present peace and comfort. Every part of Divine revelation has its use, in bringing the sinner to Christ for salvation, and in directing and encouraging him to walk at liberty, by the Spirit of adoption, according to the holy commands of God. And mark the distinctness, it is not for his deeds, that any man is blessed, but in his deed. It is not talking, but walking, that will bring us to heaven. Christ will become more precious to the believer's soul, which by his grace will become more fitted for the inheritance of the saints in light.
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