James 4:1-10 NIV

Submit Yourselves to God

1 What causes fights and quarrels1 among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle2 within you?

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2 You want something but don't get it. You kill3 and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.

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3 When you ask, you do not receive,4 because you ask with wrong motives,5 that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

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4 You adulterous6 people, don't you know that friendship with the world7 is hatred toward God?8 Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.9

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5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us10 envies intensely?a

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    • a 4:5 - Or "that God jealously longs for the spirit that he made to live in us"; or "that the Spirit he caused to live in us longs jealously"
      6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."b11

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      7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,12 and he will flee from you.

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      8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.13 Wash your hands,14 you sinners, and purify your hearts,15 you double-minded.16

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      9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.17

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      10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.18

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