James 4

Proud or Humble

1What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from the cravings a that are at war within you?
Lit war in your members
2You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. You do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires. c

4 Adulteresses!
Other mss read Adulterers and adulteresses
Or Unfaithful people!
Don’t you know that friendship with the
world: The organized Satanic system that is opposed to God and hostile to Jesus and His followers. The non-Christian culture including governments, educational systems, and businesses
world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy. g
5 Or do you think it’s without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously?
Or He who caused the Spirit to live in us yearns jealously, or the spirit He caused to live in us yearns jealously, or He jealously yearns for the Spirit He made to live in us

6 But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says:

God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble. j , k

7 Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. l 8Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! m 9Be miserable and mourn and weep. Your laughter must change to mourning and your joy to sorrow. n 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

11 Don’t criticize one another,
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers. He who criticizes a brother or judges his brother criticizes the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. p
12There is one lawgiver and judge
Other mss omit and judge
who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? r

Our Will and His Will

13 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.” s 14 You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring – what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. t

15 Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. u 17 So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it. v
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