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James 4:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Therefore, to one who knows [the] right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— To him therefore who knows how to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— To him, therefore, who knoweth how to be doing, a right thing, and is not doing it, it is, sin, unto him.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— to him, then, knowing to do good, and not doing, sin it is to him.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— To him therefore who knoweth to do good and doth it not, to him it is sin.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Therefore to him that knoweth to doe good, and doth it not, to him it is sinne.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And he who knoweth the good and doeth it not, sin is to him.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— He that knoweth the good, and doeth it not, to him is sin.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
οὖν
oun
{oon}
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
to him that knoweth 1492
{1492} Prime
εἰδῶ
eido
{i-do'}
A primary verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent, G3700 and G3708; properly to see (literally or figuratively); by implication (in the perfect only) to know.
z5761
<5761> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 193
to do 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
good, 2570
{2570} Prime
καλός
kalos
{kal-os'}
Of uncertain affinity; properly beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), that is, valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic).
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.
doeth 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
[it] not, 3361
{3361} Prime
μή
me
{may}
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
to him 846
{0846} Prime
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.
it is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
sin. 266
{0266} Prime
ἁμαρτία
hamartia
{ham-ar-tee'-ah}
From G0264; sin (properly abstract).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 4:17

_ _ The general principle illustrated by the particular example just discussed is here stated: knowledge without practice is imputed to a man as great and presumptuous sin. James reverts to the principle with which he started. Nothing more injures the soul than wasted impressions. Feelings exhaust themselves and evaporate, if not embodied in practice. As we will not act except we feel, so if we will not act out our feelings, we shall soon cease to feel.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on James 4:11-17.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

James 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

James 4:17

(9) Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

(9) The conclusion of all the former treatise. The knowledge of the will of God does not only not at all profit, unless the life be answerable unto it, but also makes the sins far more grievous.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Luke 12:47-48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes]. ... But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
Romans 1:20-21 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: ... Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Romans 2:17-23 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, ... Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
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Lk 12:47. Jn 9:41; 13:17; 15:22. Ro 1:20, 32; 2:17; 7:13.

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