James 1:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

James 1:22, NIV: "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

James 1:22, ESV: "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

James 1:22, KJV: "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

James 1:22, NASB: "But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves."

James 1:22, NLT: "But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves."

James 1:22, CSB: "But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

What does James 1:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

James continues to describe what the life of genuine, trusting, saving faith looks like. How do people who truly trust God the Father live from day to day? James makes it clear that those who trust God don't merely become experts at listening to God's Word. To believe is to act on what we hear.

As the previous verse stated, we are definitely called to accept the Word. We should accept it in our minds, and agree to it in our hearts. Those who believe, stop talking long enough to listen (James 1:19). They take the time to hear and understand. But the faithful don't stop there. Faith in Christ is not just the map; it's the actual journey. Merely nodding our heads at the Word is not enough—we need to do what the Word tells us to do. We need to figure out which way God wants us to go, and then actually go that way.

If we don't, we demonstrate that we don't truly trust the Father, at least not in that moment.