Proud or Humble
1What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions4:1 Rm 7:23; Ti 3:9 that wage war within you?4:1 Or war in your members
2You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war.4:2 Or You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask.
4You adulterous people!4:4 Lit Adulteresses Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God.4:4 Jn 15:19; Jms 1:27; 1Jn 2:15
6But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says:
God resists the proud
7Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.4:7 Eph 4:27; 6:11; 1Pt 5:8–9
8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.4:8 2Ch 15:2; Is 1:16; Jms 1:8
9Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.4:9 Mt 5:4; Lk 6:25
10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11Don’t criticize one another, brothers and sisters. Anyone who defames or judges a fellow believer4:11 Or his brother or sister defames and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.4:11 Mt 7:1; Jms 1:22; 1Pt 2:1
Our Will and God’s Will
13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”4:13 Pr 27:1; Lk 12:18–20
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