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Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you?

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You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask;

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you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.

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Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world's friend makes himself God's enemy.

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But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble."

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So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you.

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So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.
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