James 4:2-12 NIV

2 You want something but don't get it. You kill1 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,2 because you ask with wrong motives,3 that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

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4 You adulterous4 people, don't you know that friendship with the world5 is hatred toward God?6 Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.7

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5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us8 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."b9

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      7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,10 and he will flee from you.

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      8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.11 Wash your hands,12 you sinners, and purify your hearts,13 you double-minded.14

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      9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.15

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      10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.16

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      11 Brothers, do not slander one another.17 Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him18 speaks against the law19 and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it,20 but sitting in judgment on it.

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      12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge,21 the one who is able to save and destroy.22 But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?23

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