Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

So, the person who knows the good [he ought] to be doing, but is not doing it, is sinning.

New American Standard Bible

Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

King James Version

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Holman Bible

So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.

International Standard Version

Therefore, anyone who knows what is right but fails to do it is guilty of sin.

A Conservative Version

He therefore who knows to do good, and is not doing it, to him it is sin.

American Standard Version

To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Amplified

So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin.

Anderson New Testament

Therefore, to him that knows how to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

Bible in Basic English

The man who has knowledge of how to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Common New Testament

Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Daniel Mace New Testament

he then that knows what is virtuous, and does not practise it, is a criminal.

Darby Translation

To him therefore who knows how to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

Godbey New Testament

Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

Goodspeed New Testament

So when a man knows what is right and fails to do it, he is guilty of sin.

John Wesley New Testament

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Julia Smith Translation

Therefore to him knowing to do good, and not doing, to him it is sin.

King James 2000

Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Therefore, to the one who knows to do good and does not do [it], to him it is sin.

Modern King James verseion

Therefore to him who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Therefore to him that knoweth how to do good, and doth it not: to him, it is sin.

Moffatt New Testament

[follows 2:26] Whoever, then, knows what is right to do and does not do it, that is a sin for him.

Montgomery New Testament

So to him who knows how to do right and does not do it, to him it is sin.

NET Bible

So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.

New Heart English Bible

To him therefore who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Noyes New Testament

Therefore to him that knoweth how to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Sawyer New Testament

He therefore that knows how to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.

The Emphasized Bible

To him, therefore, who knoweth how to be doing, a right thing, and is not doing it, it is, sin, unto him.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Therefore if a man knoweth how to act properly, and doth not, he is criminal.

Twentieth Century New Testament

He, then, who knows what is right but fails to do it--that is sin in him.

Webster

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Weymouth New Testament

If, however, a man knows what it is right to do and yet does not do it, he commits a sin.

Williams New Testament

So when a man knows what is right but does not do it, he is guilty of sin.

World English Bible

To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin.

Worrell New Testament

To him, therefore, who knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

Worsley New Testament

To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.

Youngs Literal Translation

to him, then, knowing to do good, and not doing, sin it is to him.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
οὖν 
Oun 
therefore, then, so, and, now, wherefore, but, not tr,
Usage: 417

εἴδω 
Eido 
Usage: 519

to do
ποιέω 
Poieo 
do, make, bring forth, commit, cause, work, show, bear, keep, fulfil, deal, perform, not tr, , vr do
Usage: 372

καλός 
Kalos 
Usage: 62

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

ποιέω 
Poieo 
do, make, bring forth, commit, cause, work, show, bear, keep, fulfil, deal, perform, not tr, , vr do
Usage: 372

it not
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

to him

Usage: 0

it is
ἐστί 
Esti 
is, are, was, be, have, not tr, , vr is
Usage: 585

References

Images James 4:17

Context Readings

Arrogant Boasting About The Future

16 But, as it is, you people are boasting in your arrogance [and] all such boasting is evil. 17 So, the person who knows the good [he ought] to be doing, but is not doing it, is sinning.


Cross References

John 9:41

Jesus said to them, "If you were [really] blind [i.e., unable to see spiritually], you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim, 'We can see [fine],' you remain guilty of sin."

Luke 12:47-48

And that slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not make preparations [i.e., for his master's return], or do what his master wanted, will be whipped with many lashes.

John 13:17

If you know these things, you will be happy if you practice them.

John 15:22

They would not be guilty of sinning if I had not come and spoken to them. But now [that I have], they have no excuse for their sin.

Romans 1:20-21

For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities of eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, [capable of] being perceived through the things that He has made. So, these people have no excuse [i.e., for not believing in Him].

Romans 1:32

These people know that God's decrees require that those who practice such things deserve to die [i.e., either spiritual or temporal punishment], yet they not only do the same things [themselves], but even approve of other people who practice them.

Romans 2:17-23

But if you call yourselves "Jews," and [claim to] rely on the law of Moses, and brag about [belonging to] God;

Romans 7:13

Was this [commandment] then, which was intended for my good, [actually] responsible for my [spiritual] death? Certainly not! But so that sin could be seen as [truly] sinful, it produced [spiritual] death in me through something that was good [i.e., the commandment against sinning]. This was so that, by means of the commandment [against sinning], sin could be seen as extremely sinful.

2 Peter 2:21

It would have been better for them if they had not known the right way [to God] than, after knowing it, to turn back from the sacred message that had been presented to them.

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