What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are 1at war within you?
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask 2wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
3You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? 4Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, "He yearns jealously over the spirit 5that he has made to dwell in us"?
But 6he gives more grace. Therefore it says, 7"God opposes the proud, but 8gives grace to the humble."