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Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.

But you should not deceive yourselves by just listening [to God's word] instead of doing what the word teaches.

Someone will object, 'And you claim to have faith!' Yes, and I claim to have deeds as well; you show me your faith without any deeds, and I will show you by my deeds what faith is!

When our father Abraham offered his son Isaac on the altar, was he not justified by what he did?

You see that his faith worked together with what he did, and by his actions his faith was made complete.

You see that a man is justified (pronounced righteous before God) through what he does and not alone through faith [through works of obedience as well as by what he believes].

So too with Rahab the harlot. Was she not justified by what she did, when she entertained the scouts and got them away by a different road?

you see how manageable horses are made by the application of a bit, which makes them take what motion we please.

But if you have bitter envy in your heart and the desire to get the better of others, have no pride in this, talking falsely against what is true.

What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?

You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask.

[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

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

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.