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James 4:3

3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Read James 4:3 Using Other Translations

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

What does James 4:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
James 4:3

Ye ask, and receive not
Some there were that did ask of God the blessings of his goodness and providence, and yet these were not bestowed on them; the reason was,

because ye ask amiss;
not in the faith of a divine promise; nor with thankfulness for past mercies; nor with submission to the will of God; nor with a right end, to do good to others, and to make use of what might be bestowed, for the honour of God, and the interest of Christ: but

that ye may consume it upon your lusts;
indulge to intemperance and luxury; as the man that had much goods laid up for many years did, to the neglect of his own soul, ( Luke 12:19 ) or the rich man, who spent all upon his back and his belly, and took no notice of Lazarus at his gate; ( Luke 16:19 ) .

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