James 1:22

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
ESV
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
NLT
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
MSG
22 Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!
CSB
22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 1:22 Meaning and Commentary

James 1:22

But be ye doers of the word
And they are such, who spiritually understand it; gladly receive it; and from the heart obey it, and make a sincere and ingenuous profession of it; and who submit to the ordinances it directs to, and keep them as they have been delivered; and live, and walk, becoming their profession of it. The Arabic and Ethiopic versions read, "be ye doers of the law"; and so one of Stephens's copies, as in ( Romans 2:13 )

and not hearers only;
though the word should be heard swiftly and readily, and received with meekness; yet it should not be barely heard, and assented to; but what is heard should be put in practice; and especially men should not depend upon their hearing, as if that would save them; this is deceiving your own selves; such as rest upon the outward hearing of the word will be sadly deceived, and will find themselves miserably mistaken, another day; see ( Luke 13:25 Luke 13:26 ) . Arguments taken from hence are like the sophisms, paralogisms, and false reasonings of sophisters, which carry a fair show, and ensnare and deceive.

James 1:22 In-Context

20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror
24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 7:21; James 2:14-20