James 1:24
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.

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

New King James Version
for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man 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.

NASB 1995
for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

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

Amplified Bible
for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like.

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

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

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

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

Contemporary English Version
and forget what they look like as soon as they leave.

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

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

Good News Translation
They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
for he viewed himself, and has gone away, and immediately he forgot what kind of [man] he was;

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 person 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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.


Treasury of Scripture

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

what.

Judges 8:18
Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king.

Matthew 8:27
But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Luke 1:66
And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[and]
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

after observing
κατενόησεν (katenoēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2657: To take note of, perceive, consider carefully, discern, detect, make account of. From kata and noieo; to observe fully.

himself
ἑαυτὸν (heauton)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

goes away
ἀπελήλυθεν (apelēlythen)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 565: From apo and erchomai; to go off, aside or behind, literally or figuratively.

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

immediately
εὐθέως (eutheōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2112: Immediately, soon, at once. Adverb from euthus; directly, i.e. At once or soon.

forgets
ἐπελάθετο (epelatheto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1950: To forget, neglect. Middle voice from epi and lanthano; to lose out of mind; by implication, to neglect.

what he [looks] like.
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.


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