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James 4:8-17 NIV

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

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

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

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11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sistera or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

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    • j 4:11 - The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.
      12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

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      Boasting About Tomorrow

      13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”

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      14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

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      15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

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      16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

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      17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

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      • a 4:4 - An allusion to covenant unfaithfulness; see Hosea 3:1.
      • b 4:5 - Or "that the spirit he caused to dwell in us envies intensely;" or "that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously"
      • c 4:6 - Prov. 3:34
      • d 4:11 - The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.