James 4:1-10

NSB(i) 1 What causes wars and fighting among you? Is the cause of fighting your sensual lusts for pleasure that battle within you? 2 You lust, and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain! You fight and war. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly (with bad motives) that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (hatred) (hostility) toward God? Whoever would be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think the scripture speaks to no purpose? Does the attitude of the heart (mental disposition) that he induced to live in us cause us to envy? 6 But he gives more grace. The scripture said, »God resists the proud, but gives grace (loving-kindness) to the humble.« 7 Be subject to God! Resist [Satan] the Devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded (uncertain) (doubter) (skeptic). 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of God, and he will exalt you.
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