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

  • Irene123
    To Velda W. - I understand what you are saying; I don't judge you for 'presenting' it in a public forum, but - discretion is the better part of valor. You show your humility by your attitude; others will notice. But never never speak of it. That's what the Pharisee did as he stood beside the truly humble Jew, Lk.18:10
  • Joyce Ballentine
    James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." IF WE EVER NEED TO LEARN TO RESIST THE DEVIL AS THE BODY OF CHRIST IT IS NOW!!! RESISTING THE DEVIL TAKES SUBMISSION TO GOD HIMSELF! TRYING TO RESIST THE DEVIL WITHOUT THE LORD'S HELP IS IMPOSSIBLE! SATAN AND HIS DEMONS HAS NO FEAR OF US BUT FEARS THE ONE WHO LIVES INSIDE US! James 2:19 "You believe that ther
  • Chef
    Thank God in the name of Jesus, for his humbleness, and as I grow in him each day, I can include "If it's the Lord's will" as he so chooses. The plans that I may have. Be bless all.
  • Velda Wilson
    I am thankful that I know how to be humble
  • Karen
    I thank God for his grace and mercy. We can only live the word of God through the power of the holy spirit. Thank u Jesus for the power to do so, as we humble ourselves before you.
  • Maria Cristina Angeles
    I thank God for this priveledge, being His daughter.Iacknowledge the fact that apart from him, I can do nothing.So i submit myself to God that know me better.God bless to the author of this site I inspired a lot.more success!You're such a blessings.

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