James 4 (asv)

James 4 (asv)

Friendship with the World

4:1Whence come wars and whence come fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your pleasures that war in your members? 4:2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war; ye have not, because ye ask not. 4:3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures. 4:4Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God. 4:5Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain? Doth the spirit which he made to dwell in us long unto envying? 4:6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith,

God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace to the humble.

4:7Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 4:8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. 4:9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 4:10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

Warning against Judging Another

4:11Speak not one against another, brethren. He that speaketh against a brother, or judgeth his brother, speaketh against the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judgest the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 4:12One only is the lawgiver and judge, even he who is able to save and to destroy: but who art thou that judgest thy neighbor?

Living by Guidance

4:13Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain: 4:14whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 4:15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that. 4:16But now ye glory in your vauntings: all such glorying is evil. 4:17To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.


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