James 4:1-6 GNT

1 Where do all the fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your desires for pleasure, which are constantly fighting within you.
2 You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it.
3 And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.
4 Unfaithful people! Don't you know that to be the world's friend means to be God's enemy? If you want to be the world's friend, you make yourself God's enemy.
5 Don't think that there is no truth in the scripture that says, "The spirit that God placed in us is filled with fierce desires." a

References for James 4:5

    • b 4:5 - The spirit . . . fierce desires; [or] God yearns jealously over the spirit that he placed in us.
      6 But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." 1

      References for James 4:6

        • 16 4:6 - 4.6 Pr 3.34 (LXX).