22 But (A)be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For (B)if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But (C)he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, (D)this one will be blessed in what he does.

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22 Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life![a]

23 If you listen to the Word and don’t live out the message you hear, you become like the person who looks in the mirror of the Word to discover the reflection of his face in the beginning.[b] 24 You perceive how God sees you in the mirror of the Word,[c] but then you go out and forget[d] your divine origin. 25 But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty[e] are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do![f]

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Footnotes

  1. 1:22 Or “be a poet [doer] of the Word.”
  2. 1:23 Or “realizing his beginning [genesis] face” or “studying the face he was born with.”
  3. 1:24 For the believer, seeing the man “in the mirror” is seeing how God sees us from the beginning, even before the fall of Adam which resulted in sin’s devastation to human hearts. The man in the mirror is the new creation man.
  4. 1:24 The Aramaic can be translated “drift away from.”
  5. 1:25 This is referred to as the “royal law of love” in 2:8 and the “law of liberty” in 2:12.
  6. 1:25 See Luke 11:28.

22 Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. 23 If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror 24 and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. 25 But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.

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22 Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice. 23 If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are. 24 They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like. 25 But if you look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice—you will be blessed by God in what you do.

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