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 hatredhostility 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 uncertaindoubterskeptic.
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.
11 Brothers, do not speak against each other. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 Only one is the lawgiver and judge, even he who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you that you judge your neighbor?
13 Come now, you that say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and make profit."
14 You do not know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a vapor puff of air that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
15 You should say, "If God wills, we should both live, and do this or that."
16 You glory in your conceit. Such glory is evil.
17 He that knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.