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Jas 4:1-17

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4:1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you ? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you ? 2 You want what you don’t have , so you scheme and kill to get it . You are jealous of what others have , but you can’t get it , so you fight and wage war to take it away from them . Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it . 3 And even when you ask , you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong you want only what will give you pleasure . 4 You adulterers !  *  Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God ? I say it again : If you want to be a friend of the world , you make yourself an enemy of God . 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy ?  *  6 But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires . As the Scriptures say , God opposes the proud but favors the humble .  *  7 So humble yourselves before God . Resist the devil , and he will flee from you . 8 Come close to God , and God will come close to you . Wash your hands , you sinners ; purify your hearts , for your loyalty is divided between God and the world . 9 Let there be tears for what you have done . Let there be sorrow and deep grief . Let there be sadness instead of laughter , and gloom instead of joy . 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord , and he will lift you up in honor . 11 Don’t speak evil against each other , dear brothers and sisters .  *  If you criticize and judge each other , then you are criticizing and judging God’s law . But your job is to obey the law , not to judge whether it applies to you . 12 God alone , who gave the law , is the Judge . He alone has the power to save or to destroy . So what right do you have to judge your neighbor ? 13 Look here , you who say , Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year . We will do business there and make a profit . 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow ? Your life is like the morning fog it’s here a little while , then it’s gone . 15 What you ought to say is , If the Lord wants us to , we will live and do this or that . 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans , and all such boasting is evil . 17 Remember , it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it . 1   πόθεν πόλεμοι καὶ πόθεν μάχαι ἐν ὑμῖν ; οὐκ ἐντεῦθεν ἐκ τῶν ἡδονῶν ὑμῶν τῶν στρατευομένων ἐν τοῖς μέλεσιν ὑμῶν ; 2   ἐπιθυμεῖτε καὶ οὐκ ἔχετε , φονεύετε · καὶ ζηλοῦτε , καὶ οὐ δύνασθε ἐπιτυχεῖν , μάχεσθε καὶ πολεμεῖτε . οὐκ ἔχετε διὰ τὸ μὴ αἰτεῖσθαι ὑμᾶς · 3   αἰτεῖτε , καὶ οὐ λαμβάνετε διότι κακῶς αἰτεῖσθε -- ἵνα ἐν ταῖς ἡδοναῖς ὑμῶν δαπανήσητε . 4   μοιχαλίδες · οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι φιλία τοῦ κόσμου ἔχθρα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστίν ; ὃς ἐὰν οὖν βουληθῇ φίλος εἶναι τοῦ κόσμου , ἐχθρὸς τοῦ θεοῦ καθίσταται . 5   δοκεῖτε ὅτι κενῶς γραφὴ λέγει , Πρὸς φθόνον ἐπιποθεῖ τὸ πνεῦμα κατῴκισεν ἐν ἡμῖν ; 6   μείζονα δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν · διὸ λέγει , θεὸς ὑπερηφάνοις ἀντιτάσσεται ταπεινοῖς δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν . 7   ὑποτάγητε οὖν τῷ θεῷ · ἀντίστητε δὲ τῷ διαβόλῳ , καὶ φεύξεται ἀφ᾽ ὑμῶν · 8   ἐγγίσατε τῷ θεῷ , καὶ ἐγγιεῖ ὑμῖν . καθαρίσατε χεῖρας , ἁμαρτωλοί · καὶ ἁγνίσατε καρδίας , δίψυχοι . 9   ταλαιπωρήσατε · καὶ πενθήσατε καὶ κλαύσατε . γέλως ὑμῶν εἰς πένθος μετατραπήτω , καὶ χαρὰ εἰς κατήφειαν . 10   ταπεινώθητε ἐνώπιον κυρίου , καὶ ὑψώσει ὑμᾶς . 11   μὴ καταλαλεῖτε ἀλλήλων , ἀδελφοί . καταλαλῶν ἀδελφοῦ κρίνων τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ , καταλαλεῖ νόμου καὶ κρίνει νόμον · εἰ δὲ νόμον κρίνεις , οὐκ εἶ ποιητὴς νόμου ἀλλὰ κριτής . 12   εἷς ἔστιν νομοθέτης , καὶ κριτής · δυνάμενος σῶσαι καὶ ἀπολέσαι · σὺ δὲ τίς εἶ κρίνων τὸν πλησίον ; 13   ἄγε νῦν , οἱ λέγοντες , Σήμερον αὔριον πορευσόμεθα εἰς τήνδε τὴν πόλιν καὶ ποιήσομεν ἐκεῖ ἐνιαυτὸν · καὶ ἐμπορευσόμεθα καὶ κερδήσομεν · 14   οἵτινες οὐκ ἐπίστασθε τὸ τῆς αὔριον ποία ζωὴ ὑμῶν ; ἀτμὶς γάρ ἐστε -- πρὸς ὀλίγον φαινομένη , ἔπειτα καὶ ἀφανιζομένη . 15   ἀντὶ τοῦ λέγειν ὑμᾶς , Ἐὰν κύριος θέλῃ , καὶ ζήσομεν καὶ ποιήσομεν τοῦτο ἐκεῖνο . 16   νῦν δὲ καυχᾶσθε ἐν ταῖς ἀλαζονείαις ὑμῶν , πᾶσα καύχησις τοιαύτη πονηρά ἐστιν . 17   εἰδότι οὖν , καλὸν ποιεῖν καὶ μὴ ποιοῦντι ἁμαρτία αὐτῷ ἐστίν .