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James 1:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— 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.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the [law] of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— 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.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But *he* that fixes his view on [the] perfect law, that of liberty, and abides in [it], being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of [the] work, *he* shall be blessed in his doing.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, he that hath obtained a nearer view into the perfect law of liberty, and hath taken up his abode by it, becoming—not a forgetful hearer, but a work doer, the same, happy in his doing, shall be.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and he who did look into the perfect law—that of liberty, and did continue there, this one—not a forgetful hearer becoming, but a doer of work—this one shall be happy in his doing.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— 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.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But who so looketh into the perfect Law of libertie, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetfull hearer, but a doer of the worke, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But every one who looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he is not a hearer of the hearing of forgetfulness, but a doer of works; and this shall be blessed in his work.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But every one that looketh upon the perfect law of liberty and abideth in it, is not a hearer of something to be forgotten, but a doer of the things; and he will be blessed in his work.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
whoso looketh 3879
{3879} Prime
παρακύπτω
parakupto
{par-ak-oop'-to}
From G3844 and G2955; to bend beside, that is, lean over (so as to peer within).
z5660
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
into 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the perfect 5046
{5046} Prime
τέλειος
teleios
{tel'-i-os}
From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness.
law 3551
{3551} Prime
νόμος
nomos
{nom'-os}
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
of x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
liberty, 1657
{1657} Prime
ἐλευθερία
eleutheria
{el-yoo-ther-ee'-ah}
From G1658; freedom (legitimate or licentious, chiefly moral or ceremonial).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
continueth 3887
{3887} Prime
παραμένω
parameno
{par-am-en'-o}
From G3844 and G3306; to stay near, that is, remain (literally tarry; or figuratively be permanent, persevere).
z5660
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
[therein], he 3778
{3778} Prime
οὗτος
houtos
{hoo'-tos}
Including the nominative masculine plural (second form), nominative feminine signular (third form), and the nominate feminine plural, (fourth form). From the article G3588 and G0846; the he (she or it), that is, this or that (often with the article repeated).
being 1096
{1096} Prime
γίνομαι
ginomai
{ghin'-om-ahee}
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
z5637
<5637> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 137
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
a forgetful 1953
{1953} Prime
ἐπιλησμονή
epilesmone
{ep-ee-lace-mon-ay'}
From a derivative of G1950; negligence.
hearer, 202
{0202} Prime
ἀκροατής
akroates
{ak-ro-at-ace'}
From ἀκροάομαι [[akroaomai]] (to listen; apparently an intensive of G0191); a hearer (merely).
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
a doer 4163
{4163} Prime
ποιητής
poietes
{poy-ay-tace'}
From G4160; a performer; specifically a 'poet'.
of the work, 2041
{2041} Prime
ἔργον
ergon
{er'-gon}
From ἔργω [[ergo]] (a primary but obsolete word; to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act.
this man 3778
{3778} Prime
οὗτος
houtos
{hoo'-tos}
Including the nominative masculine plural (second form), nominative feminine signular (third form), and the nominate feminine plural, (fourth form). From the article G3588 and G0846; the he (she or it), that is, this or that (often with the article repeated).
shall be 2071
{2071} Prime
ἔσομαι
esomai
{es'-om-ahee}
Future tense of G1510; will be.
z5704
<5704> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 188
blessed 3107
{3107} Prime
μακάριος
makarios
{mak-ar'-ee-os}
A prolonged form of the poetical μάκαρ [[makar]] (meaning the same); supremely blest; by extension fortunate, well off.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
his y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
deed. 4162
{4162} Prime
ποίησις
poiesis
{poy'-ay-sis}
From G4160; action, that is, performance (of the law).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 1:25

_ _ looketh into — literally, “stoopeth down to take a close look into.” Peers into: stronger than “beholdeth,” or “contemplated,” James 1:24. A blessed curiosity if it be efficacious in bearing fruit [Bengel].

_ _ perfect law of liberty — the Gospel rule of life, perfect and perfecting (as shown in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:48), and making us truly walk at liberty (Psalms 119:32, Church of England Prayer Book Version). Christians are to aim at a higher standard of holiness than was generally understood under the law. The principle of love takes the place of the letter of the law, so that by the Spirit they are free from the yoke of sin, and free to obey by spontaneous instinct (James 2:8, James 2:10, James 2:12; John 8:31-36; John 15:14, John 15:15; compare 1 Corinthians 7:22; Galatians 5:1, Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 2:16). The law is thus not made void, but fulfilled.

_ _ continueth therein — contrasted with “goeth his way,” James 1:24, continues both looking into the mirror of God’s word, and doing its precepts.

_ _ doer of the work — rather, “a doer of work” [Alford], an actual worker.

_ _ blessed in his deed — rather, “in his doing”; in the very doing there is blessedness (Psalms 19:11).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on James 1:19-27.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

James 1:25

But he that looketh diligently — Not with a transient glance, but bending down, fixing his eyes, and searching all to the bottom. Into the perfect law — Of love as established by faith. St. James here guards us against misunderstanding what St. Paul says concerning the "yoke and bondage of the law." He who keeps the law of love is free, John 8:31, &c. He that does not, is not free, but a slave to sin, and a criminal before God, James 2:10. And continueth therein — Not like him who forgot it, and went away. This man — There is a peculiar force in the repetition of the word. Shall be happy — Not barely in hearing, but doing the will of God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

James 1:25

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 (x) deed.

(x) Behaviour: for works show faith.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
looketh:

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh 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 ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;

the perfect:

James 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Psalms 19:7-10 The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. ... More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalms 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Psalms 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
Psalms 119:96-105 I have seen an end of all perfection: [but] thy commandment [is] exceeding broad. ... NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Romans 7:22-23 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: ... But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

liberty:

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty. ... But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath 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 cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

and:

1 Samuel 12:14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;
John 15:9-10 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. ... If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly 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, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
Romans 2:7-8 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: ... But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in [his] goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, [and] which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
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 unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
1 John 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

a forgetful:

James 1:23-24 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: ... For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

this:

Psalms 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward.
Psalms 106:3 Blessed [are] they that keep judgment, [and] he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Psalms 119:2-3 Blessed [are] they that keep his testimonies, [and that] seek him with the whole heart. ... They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
Luke 6:47-49 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: ... But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

deed:
or, doing
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