James 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn't it the whole army of evil desires 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 what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can't possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask God 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 And even when you do ask, you don't get it because your whole motive is wrong -- you want only what will give you 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 You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can't be a friend 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 What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful ? 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
6 He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor 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 So humble yourselves before 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 close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. 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 Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Don't speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are criticizing and condemning God's law. But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is to obey it. 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 God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn 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 Look here, you people who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit." 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 How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog -- it's here a little while, then it's 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 What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, 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 Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.