1 Where do conflicts, where do wrangles come from, in your midst? Is it not from these passions of yours that war among your members? 2 You crave, and miss what you want: you envy and covet, but you cannot acquire: you wrangle and fight ??you miss what you want because you do not ask God for it; 3 you do ask and you do not get it, because you ask with the wicked intention of spending it on your pleasures.
4 (Wanton creatures! do you not know that the world's friendship means enmity to God? Whoever, then, chooses to be the world's friend, turns enemy to God. 5 What, do you consider this is an idle word of scripture? ??'He yearns jealously for the spirit he set within us.')
6 Yet he gives grace more and more: thus it is said, The haughty God opposes, but to the humble he gives grace.
7 Well then, submit yourselves to God; resist the devil, and he will fly from you: 8 draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep, let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to depression; 10 humble yourselves before the Lord, and then he will raise you up.
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11 & 12 follow 2:13] Do not defame one another, brothers; he who defames or judges his brother defames and judges the Law; and if you judge the Law, you pass sentence on it instead of obeying it. 12 One alone is the legislator, who passes sentence; it is He who is able to save and to destroy; who are you, to judge your neighbour?
13 Come now, you who say, "To-day or to-morrow we are going to such and such a city; we shall spend a year there trading and making money" ??14 you who know nothing about to-morrow! For what is your life? You are but a mist, which appears for a little and then vanishes.
15 You ought rather to say, "If the Lord will, we shall live to do this or that." 16 But here you are, boasting in your proud pretensions! All such boasting is wicked. 17 [follows 2:26] Whoever, then, knows what is right to do and does not do it, that is a sin for him.