The General Epistle of James

Chapter 4

Wars are born of lusts—The friends of the world are the enemies of God—Sin is failure to walk in the light we have received.

 From whence come awars and bfightings among you? come they not hence, even of your clusts that war in your members?

 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

 Ye aask, and receive not, because ye bask camiss, that ye may dconsume it upon your elusts.

 Ye aadulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the bworld is cenmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the denemy of God.

 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to aenvy?

 But he giveth more agrace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the bproud, but giveth grace unto the chumble.

 aSubmit yourselves therefore to God. bResist the cdevil, and he will flee from you.

 aDraw bnigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. cCleanse your hands, ye sinners; and dpurify your hearts, ye double minded.

 aBe afflicted, and mourn, and bweep: let your laughter be turned to cmourning, and your joy to heaviness.

 10 aHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

 11 aSpeak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the blaw, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that ajudgest another?

 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to amorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a avapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

 16 But now ye rejoice in your aboastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

 17 Therefore to him that aknoweth to do good, and bdoeth it not, to him it is csin.