James 4

Warning Against Worldliness

1 Where do 1 wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure a that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and 2 war. 3 Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 b You ask and do not receive, c because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that d friendship with the world is enmity with God? e Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, f "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
g "God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble." 5
7 Therefore submit to God. h Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 i Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. j Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and k purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 l Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 m Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

11 n Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother o and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one 6 Lawgiver, p who is able to save and to destroy. q Who 7 are you to judge 8 another?

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow 9 we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? r It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, s "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. t All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, u to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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