Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

Or, do you think that the Scripture says [this] for nothing? [Note: No specific passage is here cited, but the idea occurs in several Old Testament passages]. "The Holy Spirit, whom God has made to live in us, longs jealously [for us to be faithful to God]."

New American Standard Bible

Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?

King James Version

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Holman Bible

Or do you think it’s without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously?

International Standard Version

Or do you think the Scripture means nothing when it says that the Spirit that God caused to live in us jealously yearns for us?

A Conservative Version

Or think ye that the scripture says vainly, The spirit that he caused to dwell in us yearns with jealousy?

American Standard Version

Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain? Doth the spirit which he made to dwell in us long unto envying?

Amplified

Or do you think that the Scripture says to no purpose that the [human] spirit which He has made to dwell in us lusts with envy?

Anderson New Testament

Do you suppose that the scripture speaks to no purpose? Does the Spirit that dwells in us incline to envy? No.

Bible in Basic English

Or does it seem to you that it is for nothing that the holy Writings say, The spirit which God put into our hearts has a strong desire for us?

Common New Testament

Or do you think that the Scripture says without reason: "He jealously desires the Spirit which he has made to dwell in us"?

Daniel Mace New Testament

or do you imagine that passage of scripture to be insignificant, "does the spirit that dwells in you, incite you to vice?"

Darby Translation

Think ye that the scripture speaks in vain? Does the Spirit which has taken his abode in us desire enviously?

Godbey New Testament

Whether do you think that the scripture says in vain, The spirit who dwells in us fights against envy?

Goodspeed New Testament

Do you suppose the Scripture means nothing when it says, "He yearns jealously over the Spirit he has put in our hearts?"

John Wesley New Testament

Do ye think, that the scripture saith in vain, The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth against envy?

Julia Smith Translation

Or think ye that the writing says vainly, That the spirit longs for envy, which dwelt in us?

King James 2000

Do you think that the scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

Lexham Expanded Bible

Or do you think that in vain the scripture says, "The spirit which he caused to dwell in us desires jealously"?

Modern King James verseion

Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us yearns to envy?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Either do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, "The spirit that dwelleth in you, lusteth even contrary to envy,"

Moffatt New Testament

What, do you consider this is an idle word of scripture? ??'He yearns jealously for the spirit he set within us.')

Montgomery New Testament

Or do you suppose that it is in vain that the Scripture says, "The spirit which has its home in us yearns over us unto jealousy?"

NET Bible

Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, "The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning"?

New Heart English Bible

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit which he made to dwell in us yearns jealously"?

Noyes New Testament

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, "Zealously doth the Spirit, which made its abode in us, long for us"?

Sawyer New Testament

Or do you suppose that the Scripture says in vain, The spirit which dwells in us desires to envy?

The Emphasized Bible

Or think ye that, in vain, the scripture speaketh? Is it, for envying, that the spirit which hath taken an abode within us doth crave?

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Think ye that the scripture saith without meaning, The spirit which dwelleth in you strongly urges to envy?

Twentieth Century New Testament

Do you suppose there is no meaning in the passage of Scripture which asks--'Is envy to result from the longings of the Spirit which God has implanted within you?'

Webster

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Weymouth New Testament

Or do you suppose that it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, "The Spirit which He has caused to dwell in our hearts yearns jealously over us"?

Williams New Testament

Or, do you think that the Scripture means nothing when it says, "He jealously yearns for the Spirit that He causes to dwell in your hearts"?

World English Bible

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously"?

Worrell New Testament

Or do ye think that the Scripture says in vain, "The spirit that dwells in us has jealous longings?"

Worsley New Testament

Do ye think the scripture speaks in vain? or does the Spirit that dwelleth in us, excite to envy?

Youngs Literal Translation

Do ye think that emptily the Writing saith, 'To envy earnestly desireth the spirit that did dwell in us,'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Do
ἤ 
or, than, either, or else, nor, not tr,
Usage: 199

ye think
δοκέω 
Dokeo 
Usage: 45

ὅτι 
Hoti 
ὅς ἥ ὅ 
Hos 
Usage: 764
Usage: 980

the scripture
γραφή 
Graphe 
Usage: 37

λέγω 
Lego 
Usage: 1045

in vain
κενῶς 
Kenos 
in vain
Usage: 1

πνεῦμα 
Pneuma 
Usage: 334

κατοικέω 
Katoikeo 
Usage: 40

in
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

us
ἡμῖν 
hemin 
us, we, our, for us
Usage: 160

ἐπιποθέω 
Epipotheo 
Usage: 9

to
πρός 
Pros 
unto, to, with, for, against, among, at, not tr, , vr to
Usage: 412

Images James 4:5

Prayers for James 4:5

Context Readings

Subject Yourselves To God

4 You people who have become unfaithful to God, do you not know that being [intimate] friends with the world [of sin] means hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever determines to be an [intimate] friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or, do you think that the Scripture says [this] for nothing? [Note: No specific passage is here cited, but the idea occurs in several Old Testament passages]. "The Holy Spirit, whom God has made to live in us, longs jealously [for us to be faithful to God]." 6 But He gives [us] more unearned favor [i.e., to overcome the world]. Therefore, the Scripture says [Prov. 3:34], "God opposes proud people, but gives unearned favor to those who are humble."


Cross References

John 7:42

Does not Scripture say [Micah 5:2] that the Christ will come as the descendant of King David, and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?"

John 10:35

If God called those people, to whom His message came, "gods" (and Scripture cannot be set aside),

John 19:37

And another Scripture says [Zech. 12:10], "People will look at him whom they [had] pierced."

Acts 7:9

"[And when] these patriarchs, [still living in Canaan as young men], became jealous of [their brother] Joseph, they sold him [as a slave to traveling merchants who took him] to Egypt. But God was with him [during all that time],

Romans 1:29

They are full of all kinds of wickedness, evil, greed, and maliciousness. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,

Romans 9:17

For the Scripture said to Pharaoh [Ex. 9:16], "I raised you up [to be a ruler] for the very purpose of demonstrating my power in your life and that my name might be made known throughout the entire world."

1 Corinthians 6:19

Or, do you not know that your [physical] body is a temple [i.e., sanctuary] for the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves,

2 Corinthians 6:16

And what agreement is there between a temple of God and idols? For we are a temple of the living God, just as God said [Lev. 26:12], "I will live in them and walk among them [i.e., among His people]; and I will be their God and they will be my people."

Galatians 3:8

And, predicting that God would consider the Gentiles right with Him by [their] faith, the Scriptures previously recorded [this promise of] the Gospel to Abraham by saying [Gen. 12:3], "All nations will receive a blessing through your descendant [i.e., Jesus]."

Titus 3:3

For we [Christians] were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various kinds of [evil] desires and [sinful] pleasures. [We used to] live in malice and envy, hating people and being hated by them.

Titus 3:3-6

For we [Christians] were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various kinds of [evil] desires and [sinful] pleasures. [We used to] live in malice and envy, hating people and being hated by them.

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