James 4:14

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whereas yee know not what shalbe on the morow: for what is your life? It is euen a vapour that appeareth for a litle time, and then vanisheth away.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are {just} a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone.
- Basic English Bible

ye who do not know what will be on the morrow, ([for] what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, appearing for a little while, and then disappearing,)
- Darby Bible

Whereas ye know not what will be on the morrow: For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
- Webster's Bible

when, all the while, you do not even know what will happen to-morrow. For what is the nature of your life? Why, it is but a mist, which appears for a short time and then is seen no more.
- Weymouth Bible

Whereas you don't know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.
- World English Bible

whiche witen not, what is to you in the morewe.
- Wycliffe Bible

who do not know the thing of the morrow; for what is your life? for it is a vapour that is appearing for a little, and then is vanishing;
- Youngs Literal Bible

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People's Bible Notes for James 4:14


Jas 4:14 Your life . . . is even a vapour. Who knows that he will have a tomorrow, since life is like a vanishing vapor?

Discussion for James 4

  • Lu2677
    Opal, the lists in James 4 are God's commands/laws. He is speaking to believers. He knows the heart of man and the wickedness that lies there in. A believer under Grace still has to heed God's word. Don't be deceived by any other doctrine. Matthew 26:41 "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation; For the spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak." Amen
  • Opal gibson
    Very good but please expound more on lists and its meaning in this passage James chapter 4
  • Annastein
    This is such a great way to read the Word of God. I love that you can also highlight passages to go back and read.

    Thanks
  • Lilian
    We must be Born Again in Spirit and not in the flesh. Jesus will help us to humble ourselves if we surrender ourselves to him and accept Jesus as our Savior. there is nothing hard for God to change us and bless us and to give us strenght when we are weak. All battles belongs to Jesus and victorious belongs to us. If God is with us who can be againsts us? Thanked to the blood of Jesus shed for us.
  • Bernard
    Love God with all your heart and you shall be blessed cause He is the Father who never fails when look forward unto Him
  • Yvonne
    It's easy to love those who already love you, but to love the unlovely that's what Jesus also tried to do and I know it's our job too to try that, a very humble and difficult task, but we know , If we humble ourselves before the Lord, we can do all things Thru Jesus, which strengthens us!

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