Double Mind
Double Minded • Double-Minded • Double-Mindedness
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Double Mind; Double-Minded
Double Mind; Double-Minded [Heb. sē‘ēp̱] (Ps. 119:113); AV VAIN THOUGHTS; NEB NOT SINGLE-MINDED; [Gk. dípsychos] (Jas. 1:8; 4:8); DOUBLE HEART [Heb. lēḇ wālēḇ] (Ps. 12:2 [MT 3]). A term denoting a lack of integration within the personality, characterized by doubt, hesitancy, instability, and
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
DOUBLE-MINDED Words used only by James in the NT to express a lack of purity of heart or a lack of absolute trust in God. The term literally means “of two minds or souls” (Greek s). It describes one who is trusting in God while also trusting in something else, such as self or the world. James encouraged
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
double-minded. This English expression is used in Bible versions to render Greek dipsychos G1500 (from the adverb dis G1489, “twice,” and the noun psychē G6034, “soul, mind”), which occurs twice (Jas. 1:8; 4:8). Although the word (as well as derivatives) is used in postapostolic writings, especially
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DOUBLE-MINDED [סְעִפִיםseʿafim; δίψυχος dipsychos]. The OT characterizes those who waver in their commitment to God and divine law as double-minded (Pss 113; 119; 1 Kgs 18:21). This sense of doubtfulness may also imply a more deliberate vacillation closer to deceitfulness. In the NT, dipsychos is found
Key passages
Jas 1:8

he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Jas 4:8

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded!