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James 4 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Proud or Humble
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What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions that wage war within you?[fn]

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You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war.[fn] You do not have because you do not ask.

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You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

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You adulterous people![fn] Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God.

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Or do you think it’s without reason that the Scripture says: The spirit he made to dwell in us envies intensely?[fn]

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But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says:

God resists the proud

but gives grace to the humble.

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Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

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Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

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Don’t criticize one another, brothers and sisters. Anyone who defames or judges a fellow believer[fn] defames and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

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There is one lawgiver and judge[fn] who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Our Will and God’s Will
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Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”

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Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring ​— ​what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.

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Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

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But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

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So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.

CSB Footnotes
Or war in your members
Or You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and wage war.
Lit  Adulteresses
Or Scripture says: He jealously yearns for the spirit he made to live in us?, or Scripture says: The Spirit he made to dwell in us longs jealously?
Or his brother or sister
Other mss omit and judge

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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