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,
James 1:23 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Beholding his natural face in a glass - This metaphor is very simple, but very expressive. A man wishes to see his own face, and how, in its natural state, it appears; for this purpose he looks into a mirror, by which his real face, with all its blemishes and imperfections, is exhibited. He is affected with his own appearance; he sees deformities that might be remedied; spots, superfluities, and impurities, that might be removed. While he continues to look into the mirror he is affected, and wishes himself different to what he appears, and forms purposes of doing what he can to render his countenance agreeable. On going away he soon forgets what manner of person he was, because the mirror is now removed, and his face is no longer reflected to himself; and he no longer recollects how disagreeable he appeared, and his own resolutions of improving his countenance. The doctrines of God, faithfully preached, are such a mirror; he who hears cannot help discovering his own character, and being affected with his own deformity; he sorrows, and purposes amendment; but when the preaching is over, the mirror is removed, and not being careful to examine the records of his salvation, the perfect law of liberty, James 1:25, or not continuing to look therein, he soon forgets what manner of man he was; or, reposing some unscriptural trust in God's mercy, he reasons himself out of the necessity of repentance and amendment of life, and thus deceives his soul.
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...
James 1:23 Parallel CommentariesBeholding Carefully Considering Doer Face Glass Hearer Listens Mirror Natural Obey Viewing WordBeholding Carefully Considering Doer Face Glass Hearer Listens Mirror Natural Obey Viewing WordTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
James 1:23 Mobile Bible
James 1:23 Bible Suite
James 1:23 Biblia Paralela
James 1:23 Chinese Bible