James 1:24
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New International Version
and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

New Living Translation
You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

English Standard Version
For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

Berean Study Bible
and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

Berean Literal Bible
for he has viewed himself and has gone away, and immediately he has forgotten of what manner he was.

New American Standard Bible
for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

King James Bible
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

International Standard Version
and studies himself carefully, and then goes off and immediately forgets what he looks like.

NET Bible
For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was.

New Heart English Bible
for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he sees himself and passes by and forgets how he was.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
studies his features, goes away, and immediately forgets what he looks like.

New American Standard 1977
for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he considered himself and went his way and in one hour forgot what he was like.

King James 2000 Bible
For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and immediately forgets what manner of man he was.

American King James Version
For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.

American Standard Version
for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.

Darby Bible Translation
for he has considered himself and is gone away, and straightway he has forgotten what he was like.

English Revised Version
for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and immediately forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Weymouth New Testament
Although he has looked carefully at himself, he goes away, and has immediately forgotten the sort of man he is.

World English Bible
for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

Young's Literal Translation
for he did view himself, and hath gone away, and immediately he did forget of what kind he was;
Study Bible
Hearing and Doing
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. 25But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.…
Cross References
James 1:23
For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror,

James 1:25
But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so--not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer--he will be blessed in what he does.
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For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.

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(24) For he beholdeth himself . . .--Better, for he beheld himself and went his way, and straightway forgot what he was. Like the simile in James 1:11, this is described as an actual occurrence, seen and noted by the writer. There is a recognition of the well-known face, followed by instant and complete forgetfulness; and thus is it often with the mirror of the soul. In some striking sermon or book a man's self is made manifest to him, and the picture may be too familiar to cause aversion; but, whether or no, the impression fades from his mind as quickly as the echoes of the preacher's words. At the best the knowledge was only superficial, perhaps momentary; widely different from that which comes of a holy walk with God.

Verse 24. - Observe the tenses; literally, He considered (κατενόησε) himself, and has gone away (ἀπελήλυθε), and straightway forgot (ἐπελάθετο) what he was like (compare note on ver. 11). For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way,.... He takes a slight glance of himself, and departs:

and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was; he forgets either his spots, blemishes, and imperfections; or his comeliness and beauty; the features of his face, be they comely or not: so a bare hearer of the word, who is not concerned to practise what he hears, while he is hearing, he observes some things amiss in himself, and some excellencies in Christ; but, when the discourse is over, he goes his way, and thinks no more of either. 24. beholdeth—more literally, "he contemplated himself and hath gone his way," that is, no sooner has he contemplated his image than he is gone his way (Jas 1:11). "Contemplate" answers to hearing the word: "goeth his way," to relaxing the attention after hearing—letting the mind go elsewhere, and the interest of the thing heard pass away: then forgetfulness follows [Alford] (Compare Eze 33:31). "Contemplate" here, and in Jas 1:23, implies that, though cursory, yet some knowledge of one's self, at least for the time, is imparted in hearing the word (1Co 14:24).

and … and—The repetition expresses hastiness joined with levity [Bengel].

forgetteth what manner of man he was—in the mirror. Forgetfulness is no excuse (Jas 1:25; 2Pe 1:9).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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