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James 4:1-3 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
2 You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. 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, to spend it on your passions. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.