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James 4

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We are to strive against covetousness;

4:1 Where do wars and fightings among you come from?

    Donít they come from your pleasures that war in your members?

4:2 You lust, and donít have.

    You kill, covet, and canít obtain.

    You fight and make war.

    You donít have, because you donít ask.

4:3 You ask, and donít receive, because you ask with wrong motives,

    so that you may spend it for your pleasures.

intemperance;

4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, donít you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

    Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

pride;

4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain,

ďThe Spirit who lives in us yearns jealouslyĒ?

4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says,

ďGod resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.Ē*

4:7 Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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.

4:9 Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom.

4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

detraction and rash judgment of others;

4:11 Donít speak against one another, brothers.

    He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother,

    speaks against the law

    and judges the law.

    But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.

4:12 Only one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.

    But who are you to judge another?

and not to be confident in the good success of worldly business, but mindful ever of the uncertainty of this life, to commit ourselves and all our affairs to God's providence.

4:13 Come now, you who say,

ďToday or tomorrow letís go into this city, and spend a year there, trade, and make a profit.Ē

4:14 Whereas you donít know what your life will be like tomorrow.

    For what is your life?

    For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.

4:15 For you ought to say,

ďIf the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that.Ē

4:16 But now you glory in your boasting. All such boasting is evil.

4:17 To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesnít do it, to him it is sin.

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