Subscribe to BST PLUS for Free Bible Commentaries and Study Guides!

Parallel Bible results for James 4

English Standard Version

The Message Bible

James 4

ESV 1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? MSG 1 Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. ESV 2 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. MSG 2 You lust for what you don't have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn't yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. ESV 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. MSG 3 And why not? Because you know you'd be asking for what you have no right to. You're spoiled children, each wanting your own way. ESV 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. MSG 4 You're cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. ESV 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, "He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us"? MSG 5 And do you suppose God doesn't care? The proverb has it that "he's a fiercely jealous lover." ESV 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." MSG 6 And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you'll find. It's common knowledge that "God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble." ESV 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. MSG 7 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. ESV 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. MSG 8 Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. ESV 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. MSG 9 Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. ESV 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. MSG 10 Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet. ESV 11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. MSG 11 Don't bad-mouth each other, friends. It's God's Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You're supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. ESV 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? MSG 12 God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others? ESV 13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"-- MSG 13 And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, "Today - at the latest, tomorrow - we're off to such and such a city for the year. We're going to start a business and make a lot of money." ESV 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. MSG 14 You don't know the first thing about tomorrow. You're nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. ESV 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." MSG 15 Instead, make it a habit to say, "If the Master wills it and we're still alive, we'll do this or that." ESV 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. MSG 16 As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. ESV 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. MSG 17 In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don't do it, that, for you, is evil.

California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information  California - CCPA Notice