Things to Avoid

1 What is the source of quarrels and 1conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage 2war in your members?
References for James 4:1
    • a 4:1 - Lit "From where wars and from where fightings"
    • b 4:1 - Lit Are they "not from here," from your
      2 You lust and do not have; so you 3commit murder. You are envious and cannot * obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
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      3 You ask and 4do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
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        • c 4:3 - Lit "wickedly"
        • d 4:3 - Lit "in"
          4 You 5adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with 6the world is 7hostility toward God? 8Therefore whoever * wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
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          5 Or do you think that the Scripture 9speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires 10the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?
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            • e 4:5 - Or "The spirit which He has made to dwell in us lusts with envy"
            • f 4:5 - Lit "desires to jealousy"
              6 But 11He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "12GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."
              7 13Submit therefore to God. 14Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
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              9 19Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
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              10 20Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
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              11 21Do not speak against one another, 22brethren. He who speaks against a brother or 23judges his brother, speaks against 24the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not 25a doer of the law but a judge of it.
              12 There is only one 26Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is 27able to save and to destroy; but 28who are you who judge your neighbor?
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              13 29Come now, you who say, "30Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit."
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              14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. 31You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
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                • g 4:14 - Lit "Who do not"
                • h 4:14 - Or "what" will happen" tomorrow. What kind of life is yours?"
                  15 Instead, you ought to say, "32If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that."
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                    • i 4:15 - Lit "Instead of your saying"
                      16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; 33all such boasting is evil.
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                      17 Therefore, 34to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
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