What is “doubt?”

The English word “doubt” means being undecided or skeptical, disbelieving, lacking certainty or trust, unresolved, or otherwise regarding as unlikely.

The Greek diakrino, translated “doubt” in Jas 1:6, literally means to separate, make a distinction, discriminate, prefer, try, decide, determine, give judgment, decide or strive with a dispute, to oppose. It can also mean to be at variance with one’s self, hesitate, or doubt. In general, it is a term which involves the effort to make a decision and in some contexts implies uncertainty in making a decision. In the King James Version this word is found 18 times. It is translated as follows: doubt 5x, judge 3x, discern 2x, contend 2x, waver 2x, and five other miscellaneous renderings.

In the context of Jas 1:6, “doubt” appears to be the most logical English translation of diakrino.

This post is an excerpt (Question 6.7) from my book Ask James one.


About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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