James 4:8-17 (New American Standard)

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8 1Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 2Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and 3purify your hearts, you 4double-minded. 9 5Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 6Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. 11 7Do not speak against one another, 8brethren. He who speaks against a brother or 9judges his brother, speaks against 10the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not 11a doer of the law but a judge of it. 12 There is only one 12Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is 13able to save and to destroy; but 14who are you who judge your neighbor? 13 15Come now, you who say, "16Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." 14 aYet you do not know bwhat your life will be like tomorrow. 17You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 cInstead, you ought to say, "18If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." 16 But as it is, you boast in your darrogance; 19all such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, 20to one who knows the eright thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
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