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THE EPISTLE
OF
JAMES

CHAPTER 4

H. Dealing with Pleasures,
the World, and the Devil
4:1-10


1 Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Are they not from this, from your 1apleasures that bwar in your members?

2 You 1alust and do not have; you bmurder and are cjealous and are not able to obtain; you fight and make war. You do not have because you do not ask;

3 You aask and do not receive because you ask evilly that you may spend it on your bpleasures.

4 1aAdulteresses, do you not know that the 2friendship of the 3bworld is enmity with God? Therefore whoever determines to be a cfriend of the world is constituted an 4enemy of God.

5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain: "The 1Spirit, whom He has caused to 2adwell in us, longs to envy''?

6 But He gives agreater grace; therefore 1it says, 2"God resists the 3bproud but gives grace to the chumble.''

7 1Be subject therefore to God; but 2awithstand the 3bdevil, and he will flee from you.

8 aDraw near to God, and He will bdraw near to you. cCleanse your hands, sinners, and dpurify your hearts, you 1double-souled!

9 1Endure amisery and bmourn and cweep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into dejection.

10 1Be ahumbled before the Lord, and He will bexalt you.


I. Not Speaking against the Brothers
4:11-12


11 Do not speak against aone another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother or bjudges his brother speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a 1cdoer of the law but a judge.

12 One is aLawgiver and bJudge, who is able to save and cdestroy. But who are you who djudge your neighbor?


J. Confiding Not in Self-will
but in the Lord
4:13-17

13 Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we 1will go into this or that city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit;

14 Whereas you do not know the matter of atomorrow, what your blife will be; for you are a 1cvapor, which appears for a little while and then disappears.

15 Instead you ought to say, If the Lord awills, we will both live and do this or that.

16 But now you aboast in your 1arrogance; all such boasting is evil.

17 1Therefore to him who aknows to do good and does not do it, to him it is bsin.