James 1:6
New International Version
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

New Living Translation
But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

English Standard Version
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Berean Study Bible
But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Berean Literal Bible
But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing, for the one doubting is like a wave of the sea, being blown and being tossed by the wind.

New American Standard Bible
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

King James Bible
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Christian Standard Bible
But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

Contemporary English Version
But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm.

Good News Translation
But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

International Standard Version
But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

NET Bible
But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind.

New Heart English Bible
But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But let him ask in faith, without wavering, for he who wavers is like the waves of the sea which the wind troubles,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you ask for something, don't have any doubts. A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea.

New American Standard 1977
But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But ask in faith, not doubting anything. For he that doubts is like the wave of the sea which is driven of the wind and is tossed from one side to another.

King James 2000 Bible
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

American King James Version
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

American Standard Version
But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, which is moved and carried about by the wind.

Darby Bible Translation
but let him ask in faith, nothing doubting. For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed about;

English Revised Version
But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed.

Webster's Bible Translation
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Weymouth New Testament
But let him ask in faith and have no doubts; for he who has doubts is like the surge of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed into spray.

World English Bible
But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.

Young's Literal Translation
and let him ask in faith, nothing doubting, for he who is doubting hath been like a wave of the sea, driven by wind and tossed,
Study Bible
Rejoicing in Trials
5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.…
Cross References
Matthew 14:28
"Lord, if it is You," Peter replied, "command me to come to You on the water."

Matthew 21:21
"Truly I tell you," Jesus replied, "if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will happen.

Mark 11:23
"Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him.

Acts 10:20
Get up! Go downstairs and accompany them without hesitation, because I have sent them."

Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming.

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

James 5:15
And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

Treasury of Scripture

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

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Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Mark 11:22-24
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God…

1 Timothy 2:8
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

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Genesis 49:4
Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

Ephesians 4:14
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

he must ask
αἰτείτω (aiteitō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 154: To ask, request, petition, demand. Of uncertain derivation; to ask.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

faith,
πίστει (pistei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

without
μηδὲν (mēden)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3367: No one, none, nothing.

doubting,
διακρινόμενος (diakrinomenos)
Verb - Present Participle Middle - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1252: From dia and krino; to separate thoroughly, i.e. to withdraw from, or oppose; figuratively, to discriminate, or hesitate.

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

he who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

doubts
διακρινόμενος (diakrinomenos)
Verb - Present Participle Middle - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1252: From dia and krino; to separate thoroughly, i.e. to withdraw from, or oppose; figuratively, to discriminate, or hesitate.

is like
ἔοικεν (eoiken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1503: To be like, resemble. Apparently a primary verb; to resemble.

a wave
κλύδωνι (klydōni)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2830: Rough water, a wave, billow, surge. From kluzo; a surge of the sea.

of [the] sea,
θαλάσσης (thalassēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2281: Probably prolonged from hals; the sea.

blown
ἀνεμιζομένῳ (anemizomenō)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 416: To be blown with the wind (referring to the gentler motions of the air). From anemos; to toss with the wind.

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

tossed by the wind.
ῥιπιζομένῳ (rhipizomenō)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4494: To toss to and fro, fan, blow. From a derivative of rhipto; to breeze up, i.e. to agitate.
(6) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.--Surely this verse alone would redeem the Apostle from the charge of slighting the claims of faith. It is here put in the very forefront of necessity; without it all prayer is useless. And mark the addition--

Nothing wavering.--Or, doubting nothing: reechoing the words of our Saviour to the wondering disciples, as they gazed at the withered fig-tree on the road to Bethany (Matthew 21:21). This "doubting" is the halting between belief and unbelief, with inclination towards the latter. But it may be asked by some one, whence and how is an unhesitating faith to be gained? And the reply to this will solve all similar questions: faith, in its first sense, is the direct gift of God; but it must be tended and used with love and zeal, or its precious faculties will soon be gone. In the hour of some besetting thought of unbelief "the shield of faith" will "quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (Ephesians 6:16), but that shield must be lifted up, as it were, in an act of faith. "There is no God--at least, to care for me," may be the hopeless cry, responsive to a cruel wound of the enemy. Let the battle-hymn of the Christian make quick answer, "I believe in God;" and often, with that very effort, the assault will cease for awhile. Further, let us take comfort in the thought that intellectual is not moral doubt: the unorthodox are not as the adulterous. Nevertheless, intellectual doubt may spring from an evil habit of carping criticism and self-opinion, for the foundation of which, in so far as a man himself has been either the wilful or the careless cause, he must bear the curse of its results.

For he that wavereth (or, douhteth) is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.--Doubteth is preferable to "wavereth"; there is no play on the Greek words, as in the English text--"wavereth" and "wave." Like storm-beaten sailors, the doubtful are "carried" up to heaven and down again to the deep; their soul melteth away because of the trouble (Psalm 107:26). And who can describe the terror, even of the faithful, in those hours of darkness when the face of the Lord is hidden; when, as with the disciples of old, the ship is in the midst of the sea, tossed with the bitter waves. Nevertheless, the raging wind will clear the heavens soon from clouds, and by the radiance of the peaceful moon we too may behold our Helper near--the Lord Jesus walking on the sea--and if He come into the ship the storm must cease.

Verse 6. - The A.V. "nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea," is unfortunate, as suggesting a play upon the words which has no existence in the original. Render, with R.V., nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea. Κλύδων, the surge; ἀνεμιζόμενος and ῤιπιζόμενος both occur here only. 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.
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