THE 1GENERAL 2EPISTLE
James 4 ©
1 The apostle further rehearses the remedies against the foregoing sins, and exhorts them to lay aside carnal lusts, which are their source; for this end showing the hurtful fruits of them, such as are strives. 2. Hindering them from obtaining that which they desire and pray for. 4 And enmity with God. 5 Which he proves by the Scripture. 7 Exhorting them to submit themselves to God, and to resist the devil. 8 Thereto he adds an earnest exhortation unto true repentance, which he describes with its parts. 11 And especially of not condemning our neighbor, seeing that belongs only to God. 13 Reproves those also who, in that which they purpose to do, have no respect to the Providence of God, or to the frailty of this life. 17 And concludes that he, who knows what he must do and does not the same, sins the more grievously.
FROM whence come 1wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even 2of your lusts thata3war in 4your members?
5Ye lust, and 6have not: ye 7kill, and 8desire to have, and 9cannot obtain: ye 10fight and war, yet ye 11have not, 12because ye ask not.
13Ye ask, and receive not, becauseb ye ask 14amiss, 15that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Ye 16adulterers and adulteresses, 17know ye not that 18the friendship of the world is 19enmity with God? whosoeverc therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
20Do ye think that 21the scripture saith 22in vain, 23Thed spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to 24envy?
But he 25giveth 26more grace. Wherefore he saith, Gode resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
27Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resistf28the devil, and 29he will flee from you.
30Draw nigh to God, and he will 31draw nigh to you. Cleansegyour 32hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye 33double minded.
34Beh afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy 35to heaviness.
Humblei yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Speak 36not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and 37judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and 38judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but 39a judge.
There is 40one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: whoj art thou that judgest another?
Go to now, ye that say, 41Tok day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and 42continue there a year, and 43buy and sell, and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. Forl44what is your life? It is even 45a vapour, that 46appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
For that ye ought 47to say, Ifm the Lord will, 48we shall live, and do this, or that.
But now ye 49rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Thereforen to him that 50knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, 51to him it is sin.