James 4 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Whereof be battles and chidings among you? Whether not of your covetings, that fight in your members? 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
2 Ye covet, and ye have not; ye slay, and ye have envy, and ye be not able to get [ye slay, and have envy, and ye be not able to get]. Ye chide, and make battle; and ye have not, for that ye ask not. 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 Ye ask, and ye receive not; for that ye ask evil, as ye show openly in your covetings. 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, know not ye, that the friendship of this world is enemy to God? Therefore whoever will be the friend of this world, is made the 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 Whether ye guess [Whether ween ye], that the scripture saith vainly, The spirit that dwelleth in you, coveteth to envy? 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
6 But he giveth the more grace [Forsooth he giveth more grace]; for which thing he saith, God withstandeth proud men, but to meek men he giveth grace. 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
7 Therefore be ye subject to God; but withstand ye the devil, and he shall flee from you. 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Approach ye to God, and he shall approach to you. Ye sinners, cleanse ye the hands, and ye double in soul, purge ye the hearts. [+Nigh ye to God, and he shall nigh to you. Ye sinners, cleanse the hands, and ye double of will, purge the hearts.] 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 ye wretches, and wail ye [and weep ye]; your laughing be [it] turned into weeping, and [your] joy into sorrow of heart. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Be ye meeked in the sight of the Lord, and he shall enhance you. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 My brethren, do not ye backbite each other. He that backbiteth his brother, either that deemeth his brother [or that deemeth his brother], backbiteth the law, and deemeth the law. And if thou deemest the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a doomsman. 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 But one is maker of the law, and judge, that may destroy, and deliver [that may lose, and deliver]. And who art thou, that deemest thy neighbour? 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 Lo! now ye, that say, To day either to morrow [To day or to morrow] we shall go into that city, and there we shall dwell a year, and we shall make merchandise, and we shall make winning; 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 which know not [that know not], what is to you in the morrow. For what is your life? A smoke [A vapour, or smoke,] appearing at a little time, and afterward it shall be wasted. 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 Therefore that ye say, If the Lord will, and if we [shall] live, we shall do this thing, either that thing [or that thing]. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
16 And now ye make full out joy in your prides; every such joying is wicked. 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore it is sin to him, that knoweth to do good, and doeth not. [Therefore to a man knowing to do good, and not doing, sin is to him.] 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.