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James 4 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Pride Promotes Strife
Dangers of Pride, Judging, and Presumption
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:1 - Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:2 - You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet[fn] you do not have because you do not ask.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:3 - You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:4 - Adulterers and[fn] adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:5 - Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:6 - But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
Humility Cures Worldliness
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:7 - Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:8 - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:9 - Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:10 - Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Do Not Judge a Brother
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:11 - Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:12 - There is one Lawgiver,[fn] who is able to save and to destroy. Who[fn] are you to judge another?[fn]
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:13 - Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[fn] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:14 - whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:15 - Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:16 - But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:17 - Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text and M-Text omit Yet.
NU-Text omits Adulterers and.
Proverbs 3:34
NU-Text adds and Judge.
NU-Text and M-Text read But who.
NU-Text reads a neighbor.
M-Text reads let us.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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

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