James 4:3

“Ye aske and receiue not, because ye aske amisse, that yee may consume it vpon your lusts.”

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Other Translations

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.
- King James Version

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend {it} on your pleasures.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend `it' in your pleasures.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure.
- Basic English Bible

Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask evilly, that ye may consume [it] in your pleasures.
- Darby Bible

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
- Webster's Bible

or you pray and yet do not receive, because you pray wrongly, your object being to waste what you get on some pleasure or another.
- Weymouth Bible

You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.
- World English Bible

Ye axen, and ye resseyuen not; for that ye axen yuele, as ye schewen opynli in youre coueitisis.
- Wycliffe Bible

ye ask, and ye receive not, because evilly ye ask, that in your pleasures ye may spend [it].
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 4:3


4:3 But if ye do ask, ye receive not, because ye ask amiss - That is, from a wrong motive.


People's Bible Notes for James 4:3


Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss. Some even have prayed for the things which would satisfy their lusts, but God hears not such prayers.

Discussion for James 4

  • Frankzdrrik
    verse 4 pointed out that friendship with the world is making himself an enemy of god..why?because the whole world is under the control of satan and his allies using religions,politics and commerce to impose traditions, customs and occassions.It is now clear that the enemy of god participates or involves in traditions customs and occassions.1john 2:15-17,john 17:14-16,john 15:19
  • Teri
    I think if alot of us would re-dedicate ourselves to the pure words of the Lord, we will see revival. This chapter is an exortation!
  • Patty Tozi
    LORD I OFFER MY LIFE TO YOU: Our purpose on earth is not to get lost in the journey through life-- But to be a Beacon of Light so that others may find their way. .. The Lord never fails to give us new Blessings every time we wake up. Waking up alive and well is already a miracle. A BLESSING WE OWE TO HIM: PRAISE HIM ALWAYS!!!
  • Livinus Adi
    We must do the good things we have known from the word of God,because any believe who fails to implement the good things as opportunity present itself will receive the same reward as a sinner.
  • Child Of God!
    You have to resist the devil and in Jesus name, he will flee from you I tell you he will flee!!! LOVE GOD PEOPLE LOVE GOD IN YOUR FAITH AND YOUR WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE GOD
  • Jeannie Myers
    I so agree with you. Praise God and His Word for knowing how to live life here and after in eternity with Him! I cannot wait! God Bless!!

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