James 4

1 From where are the wars and quarrels among you* come from? Is it not from here, from your, your* own sensual, delights which are warring in your, your* members? 2 You* lust and do not have; you* murder and are jealous and are not able to obtain; you* quarrel and make war; you* do not have, because you* are not asking. 3 You* ask and do not receive, because you* ask evilly, in order that you* may spend it in your, your* sensual, delights.

4 Adulterers and adulteresses, do you* not know that the friendship of the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wills to be a friend of the world is designated as an enemy of God. 5 Or are you* thinking that the Scripture speaks with emptiness? Does the Spirit who dwells in us long to envy? 6 But he is giving greater grace. Hence the Scripture says, ' God resists the haughty, but gives grace to the humble.' {Prov 3: 34}

7 Therefore, be subject to God and stand against the devil, and he will be fleeing away from you*. 8 Draw near to God and he will be drawing near to you*. Cleanse your * hands sinners and purify your * hearts you * indecisive! 9 Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your, your* laughter be turned to mourning and your, your* joy be turned to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will be exalting you*.

11 Brethren do not speak against one another. He who is speaking against a brother and is judging his brother, is speaking against the law and is judging the law. Now if you are judging the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is the one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judges the other?

13 Come now, you* who are saying, Today and the next, day, we should travel into this city and spend one year there and be a merchant and make* a gain. 14 You* do not know what the next, day will bring, for* what is your, your* life? For* it will be a vapor, which appears for a few but thereafter also disappears. 15 Instead of that, you* should say, If the Lord wills, and we should also live, then we might do this or that. 16 But now you* boast in your, your* self, importance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore knowing to do good and not doing it, to him, it is sin.



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