James 4:1-6 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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."