1 Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence? even of your carnal appetites making war in your bodies? 2 Ye desire, and ye have not: ye are envious, and jealous, and cannot obtain: ye fight and contend; but ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask wickedly; that ye may spend it in your pleasures.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity to God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Do ye think the scripture speaks in vain? or does the Spirit that dwelleth in us, excite to envy?
6 No, He giveth more grace: wherefore it is said, God resisteth the proud, but sheweth favor to the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God: resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you: cleanse your hands, O sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be grieved, and mourn, and weep: let your mirth be turned into mourning, and your joy to sadness. 10 Be humbled before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
11 Speak not against one another, my brethren; he that speaketh against his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh against the law, and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 Now there is but one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou then that judgest another?
13 Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go to such a city, and spend a year there, and trade and get gain; 14 (though ye know not what will be on the morrow; for what is your life? a vapor, which appeareth for a little while, and then vanisheth away:) whereas ye ought to say,
15 If the Lord will, and we should live, and do this or that: 16 but ye glory in your presumption: all such glorying is wicked. 17 To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.