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James 4:1-17

4  What is the origin of wars and fightings among you? is it not this, your pleasures campaigning in your organism? 2**  You desire and do not have, you murder and are jealous and cannot obtain—you fight and make war. You do not have because you do not ask; 3  you ask and do not get because you ask wrongly, to spend it in your pleasures. 4*  Adulteresses, do you not know that friendship to the world is enmity to God? so anyone who wishes to be a friend of the world becomes, as such, an enemy of God. 5  Or do you think it is meaninglessly that the text says “The spirit that he has housed in us longs enviously”? 6  But he gives a greater grace; for which reason it says “God sets himself against the proud but gives grace to the lowly.” 7  So be submissive to God; but stand up against the devil and he will run from you. 8  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Clean your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, men of two minds; 9  be miserable, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning and your gladness to abasement. 10  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will uplift you. 11  Do not talk disparagingly of each other, brothers. He who disparages or judges his brother is disparaging and judging the law; and if you judge the law you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12  There is one lawgiver and judge, he who can save and can destroy; but who are you, you who judge your neighbor? 13  Come now, you who say “Today or tomorrow we will go to such a city and spend a year there and trade and make profits”— 14  when you do not know what the future holds; for what is your life? for you are vapor, that appears for a little while and then just disappears— 15  instead of saying “If the Lord will we shall both live and do this or that.” 16  But now you are glorying in your great claims; any such glorying is wicked. 17  So, when one knows enough to do right and does not, it is a sin of his.

Footnotes

4:2 Or you murder. And you are
4:2 Some think that murder is a mistake in copying for are envious, which differs from it in Greek by only a letter or two
4:4 Or in your pleasures, you adulteresses. Do you