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1 What is the cause of wars and fighting among you? is it not in your desires which are at war in your bodies? 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
2 You are burning with desire, and have not your desire, so you put men to death; you are full of envy, and you are not able to get your desire, so you are fighting and making war; you have not your desire, because you do not make request for it. 2 You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
3 You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 O you who are false to God, do you not see that the friends of this world are not God's friends? Every man desiring to be a friend of this world makes himself a hater of God. 4 You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
5 Or does it seem to you that it is for nothing that the holy Writings say, The spirit which God put into our hearts has a strong desire for us? 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
6 But he gives more grace. So that the Writings say, God is against the men of pride, but he gives grace to those who make themselves low before him. 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
7 For this cause be ruled by God; but make war on the Evil One and he will be put to flight before you. 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Make your hands clean, you evil-doers; put away deceit from your hearts, you false in mind. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Be troubled, with sorrow and weeping; let your laughing be turned to sorrow and your joy to grief. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Make yourselves low in the eyes of the Lord and you will be lifted up by him. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Do not say evil against one another, my brothers. He who says evil against his brother or makes himself his brother's judge, says evil against the law and is judging the law: and in judging the law you become, not a doer of the law but a judge. 11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
12 There is only one judge and law-giver, even he who has the power of salvation and of destruction; but who are you to be your neighbour's judge? 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?
13 How foolish it is to say, Today or tomorrow we will go into this town, and be there for a year and do business there and get wealth: 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."
14 When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone. 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.
15 But the right thing to say would be, If it is the Lord's pleasure and if we are still living, we will do this and that. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
16 But now you go on glorying in your pride: and all such glorying is evil. 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
17 The man who has knowledge of how to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.