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James, Chapter 4 (General Epistles)

Submission to God

1From where do wars{1} and fights{2} among you come? Is it not from this, from your lusts[1]{3} warring[2] in your members?{4} 2You desire and do not have. You murder{5} and are jealous[3] and are not able to obtain. You fight and you war,[4] and you do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask, and you do not receive, because you ask wrongly,[5]{6} so that on your lusts you may spend.

4Adulterers and adulteresses,{7} do you not know that friendship with[6] the world{8} is enmity with[7] God?{9} Whoever then purposes[8] to be a friend of the world is shown to be an enemy of God.{10} 5Or do you think that Scripture says vainly, “He yearns envyiously for the spirit which has dwelt in us”?{11} 6But he gives greater grace. Therefore, it says:

“God sets himself against the proud,[9] but he gives grace to the humble.”[10]{12}

7Therefore, be subject to God;{13} oppose the devil,{14} and he will flee from you.{15} 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.{16} Cleanse your hands,{17} you sinners, and purity your hearts,{18} you double-minded.[11]{19} 9Be distressed and mourn and weep.{20} Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to shame.{21} 10Be humbled before the Lord, and He will exalt you.{22}

11Do not speak against one another, brothers.{23} He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother{24} speaks against the law and judges the law. And if you judge the law, you are not a doer of law but a judge.{25} 12There is one Lawgiver{26} who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge the other?{27}

Boasting About Tomorrow

13Come now, those who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this city, and we will spend one year there, and we will trade and will make a profit.”{28} 14You who do not know of tomorrow.[12] What is your life?[13] For it is a mist,{29} which for a little while appears and then disappears.{30} 15Instead you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live[14] and we will do this or that.”{31} 16But now you boast in your vauntings;[15]{32} all such boasting is evil. 17To the one then who knows to do good and does not do it,{33} to him it is sin.

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