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James 4 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Submit Yourselves to God

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:1 - What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:2 - You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:3 - When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:4 - You adulterous people,[fn] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:5 - Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[fn]?

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:6 - But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:7 - Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:8 - Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:9 - Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:10 - Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:11 - Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[fn] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:12 - There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Boasting About Tomorrow

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:13 - Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:14 - Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:15 - Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:16 - As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:17 - If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
NIV Footnotes
An allusion to covenant unfaithfulness; see Hosea 3:1.
Or that the spirit he caused to dwell in us envies intensely; or that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously
Prov. 3:34
The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.
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