Thematic Bible

James 4:1 (show verse)

Where do conflicts and fights among you come from? Do they not come from your [desire for] pleasures which produces inner conflict?

James 4:2 (show verse)

You people desire something and yet do not have it, [so] you murder [to get it]. You are envious [of what someone has] and [yet] are not able to obtain it, [so] you fight and quarrel [over it]. You do not have [what you want] because you do not ask [God for it].

James 4:3 (show verse)

[When] you do ask, you do not receive it, because you ask from wrong motives, [just] so you can satisfy your own pleasures.

James 4:4 (show verse)

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.

James 4:5 (show verse)

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]."

James 4:6 (show verse)

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."

James 4:7 (show verse)

So, you should submit yourselves to God, but oppose the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:8 (show verse)

Come close to God and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinful people [i.e., this is an exhortation to repent of moral and spiritual corruption], and purify your hearts, you double-minded people.

James 4:9 (show verse)

Be distressed and grieve and cry [over your sins]; your laughter should turn into grieving and your joy [should turn] into sorrow.

James 4:10 (show verse)

Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you people.

James 4:11 (show verse)

Do not slander one another, brothers, [for] the person who speaks against his brother, or judges him, is [guilty of] speaking against the law [of God]. But when you judge the law, you are not obeying it but acting as its judge.

James 4:12 (show verse)

There is only One Lawgiver and Judge [i.e., God or Christ]. It is He who is able to save and destroy [people]. So, who [do you think] you are, judging your neighbor?

James 4:13 (show verse)

Come on now, you people who are saying, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this [or that] city, spend a year there, do business and make some money."

James 4:14 (show verse)

[For actually] you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. What is your life? For you are [like] a mist that appears briefly and then vanishes.

James 4:15 (show verse)

Instead, you should be saying, "If it is what the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that."

James 4:16 (show verse)

But, as it is, you people are boasting in your arrogance [and] all such boasting is evil.

James 4:17 (show verse)

So, the person who knows the good [he ought] to be doing, but is not doing it, is sinning.