James 1:25
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English Standard Version
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

King James Bible
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

American Standard Version
But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and'so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed.

English Revised Version
But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth, but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he who looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Weymouth New Testament
But he who looks closely into the perfect Law--the Law of freedom--and continues looking, he, being not a hearer who forgets, but an obedient doer, will as the result of his obedience be blessed.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Whoso looketh (ὁ παρακύψας)

Rev., more strictly, he that looketh. See on 1 Peter 1:12. The verb is used of one who stoops sideways (παρά) to look attentively. The mirror is conceived as placed on a table or on the ground. Bengel quotes Wisdom of Sirach 14:23: "He that prieth in at her (Wisdom's) windows shall also hearken at her doors." Coleridge remarks: "A more happy or forcible word could not have been chosen to express the nature and ultimate object of reflection, and to enforce the necessity of it, in order to discover the living fountain and spring-head of the evidence of the Christian faith in the believer himself, and at the same time to point out the seat and region where alone it is to be found" ("Aphorisms").

Into (εἰς)

Denoting the penetration of the look into the very essence of the law.

The perfect law of liberty (νόμον τέλειον τὸν τῆς ἐλευθερίας)

Lit., the perfect law, the law of liberty. So Rev. The law of liberty is added as defining the perfect law.

Continueth therein

Better, Rev., so continueth; i.e., continues looking.

Forgetful hearer (ἀκροατὴς ἐπιλησμονῆς)

The latter word only here in New Testament. Lit., a hearer of forgetfulness; whom forgetfulness characterizes. Rev., very happily, a hearer that forgetteth; a rendering which gives the proper sense of forgetfulness as a characteristic better than A. V., a forgetful hearer.

Doer of the work

Lit., of work, as the noun has no article. Rev., a doer that worketh.

In his deed (ἐν τῇ ποιήσει αὐτοῦ)

More correctly, as Rev., in his doing. Only here in New Testament. The preposition ἐν (in) marks the inner connection between doing and blessedness. "The life of obedience is the element wherein the blessedness is found and consists" (Alford).

James 1:25 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

looketh.

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you...

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you...

the perfect.

James 2:12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

Psalm 19:7-10 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple...

Psalm 119:32,45,96-105 I will run the way of your commandments, when you shall enlarge my heart...

Romans 7:12,22,23 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good...

liberty.

John 8:32,36 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free...

Romans 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba...

2 Corinthians 3:17,18 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty...

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

and.

1 Samuel 12:14 If you will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD...

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

John 15:9,10 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love...

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them...

Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day, witnessing both to small and great...

Romans 2:7,8 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life...

Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward you, goodness...

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard...

1 Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that hear you.

1 John 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning...

a forgetful.

James 1:23,24 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...

this.

Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness at all times.

Psalm 119:2,3 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart...

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

*etc:

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from now on: Yes, said the Spirit...

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life...

deed. or, doing.

Cross References
John 8:32
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 13:17
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Romans 2:13
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Galatians 2:4
Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in--who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery--

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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

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