James 1:8
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New International Version
Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

New Living Translation
Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

English Standard Version
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

New American Standard Bible
being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

King James Bible
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.

International Standard Version
He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.

NET Bible
since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever wavers in his mind is troubled in all his ways.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can't make up his mind about anything.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

King James 2000 Bible
A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

American King James Version
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

American Standard Version
a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A double minded man is inconstant in all his ways.

Darby Bible Translation
[he is] a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

English Revised Version
a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man unsettled in his opinions is unstable in all his ways.

Weymouth New Testament
such a one is a man of two minds, undecided in every step he takes.

World English Bible
He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Young's Literal Translation
a two-souled man is unstable in all his ways.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-11 Christianity teaches men to be joyful under troubles: such exercises are sent from God's love; and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now, and our crown at last. Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, To any that asketh, it shall be given. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions. When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be unsteadiness in our words and actions. This may not always expose men to contempt in the world, but such ways cannot please God. No condition of life is such as to hinder rejoicing in God. Those of low degree may rejoice, if they are exalted to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom of God; and the rich may rejoice in humbling providences, that lead to a humble and lowly disposition of mind. Worldly wealth is a withering thing. Then, let him that is rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble; and in the trials and exercises which teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from perishing enjoyments.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A double minded man,.... A man of two souls, or of a double heart, that speaks and asks with an heart, and an heart, as in Psalm 12:2 who halts between two opinions, and is at an uncertainty what to do or say, and is undetermined what to ask for; or who is not sincere and upright in his requests, who asks for one thing, and means another, and asks amiss, and with an ill design; does not call upon God in truth, and in the sincerity of his soul; draws nigh to him with his mouth, and honours him with his lips, but his heart is far from him. Such an one is

unstable in all his ways; he is confused in his mind; restless in his thoughts, unsettled in his designs and intentions; inconstant in his petitions; uncertain in his notions and opinion of things; and very variable in his actions, and especially in matters of religion; he is always changing, and never at a point, but at a continual uncertainty, both in a way of thinking and doing: he never continues long either in an opinion, or in a practice, but is ever shifting and moving.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. double-minded—literally, "double-souled," the one soul directed towards God, the other to something else. The Greek favors Alford's translation, "He (the waverer, Jas 1:6) is a man double-minded, unstable," &c.; or better, Beza's. The words in this Jas 1:8 are in apposition with "that man," Jas 1:7; thus the "us," which is not in the original, will not need to be supplied, "A man double-minded, unstable in all his ways!" The word for "double-minded" is found here and in Jas 4:8, for the first time in Greek literature. It is not a hypocrite that is meant, but a fickle, "wavering" man, as the context shows. It is opposed to the single eye (Mt 6:22).

James 1:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rejoicing in Trials
7For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Cross References
Psalm 119:113
I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.

James 1:7
That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

2 Peter 2:14
With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed--an accursed brood!
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