James 4:1

“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

From whence come warres and fightings among you? come they not hence, euen of your lusts, that warre in your members?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whence `come' wars and whence `come' fightings among you? `come they' not hence, `even' of your pleasures that war in your members?
- American Standard Version (1901)

What is the cause of wars and fighting among you? is it not in your desires which are at war in your bodies?
- Basic English Bible

Whence [come] wars and whence fightings among you? [Is it] not thence, -- from your pleasures, which war in your members?
- Darby Bible

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even from your lusts that war in your members?
- Webster's Bible

What causes wars and contentions among you? Is it not the cravings which are ever at war within you for various pleasures?
- Weymouth Bible

Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don't they come from your pleasures that war in your members?
- World English Bible

Wherof ben batelis and cheestis among you? Whether not of youre coueitisis, that fiyten in youre membris?
- Wycliffe Bible

Whence [are] wars and fightings among you? not thence -- out of your passions, that are as soldiers in your members?
- Youngs Literal Bible

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Wesley's Notes for James 4:1


4:1 From whence come wars and fightings - Quarrels and wars among you, quite opposite to this peace? Is it not from your pleasures - Your desires of earthly pleasures. Which war - Against your souls. In your members - Here is the first seat of the war. Hence proceeds the war of man with man, king with king, nation with nation.


People's Bible Notes for James 4:1


Jas 4:1 Control of the Passions SUMMARY OF JAMES 4: Strifes from the War of Passions. Fornication with the World. Seeking the Grace of God. Humbling Ourselves Before the Lord. Evil Speaking of Brethren. The Uncertainties of This Life. From which [come] wars and fightings? Peace has been spoken in Jas 3:18, but the world is full of strife. Whence is it? James shows it is due to human passions. Among you? James was so Jewish, though a Christian, that sometimes he looked beyond the church to his fleshly brethren. He here seems to address them like another Amos or Jeremiah. [Even] from your own lusts. They are due to insatiate desires.

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