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1 Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
2 You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 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 ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 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 Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy 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 do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, "God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in 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 all the more grace; therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 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 Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are 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 one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor? 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 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money." 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 Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 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 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that." 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
17 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.