New Living Translation
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
King James Bible
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Darby Bible Translation
To him therefore who knows how to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.
World English Bible
To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin.
Young's Literal Translation
to him, then, knowing to do good, and not doing, sin it is to him.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not - That knows what is right, and does not practise it. To him it is sin - This knowledge does not prevent, but increase, his condemnation.
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"Ye have not, because ye ask not."--JAS. iv. 2. "And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor."--ISA. lix. 16. "There is none that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee."--ISA. lxiv. 7. At our last Wellington Convention for the Deepening of the Spiritual Life, in April, the forenoon meetings were devoted to prayer and intercession. Great blessing was found, both in listening to what the Word teaches of their need and power, and in joining …
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"And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn't prepared and doesn't carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.
"If you were blind, you wouldn't be guilty," Jesus replied. "But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.
2 Peter 2:21
It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
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