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

Bible commentary

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.

Discussion for James 4

  • A disciple
    What we should already have as an ingrained fact in our minds; is that which the Lord already has told us of, everything to expect, and that all of our Brethren, before and after, commonly must experience; which is for the proving of our character, to whether we will be counted worthy to enter into the kingdom of God, and be called the companions of our Lord Jesus Christ: To him that OVERCOMES...!
  • A disciple
    We hear so much; (and I've used the form of speech myself many times); about "How hard it is to do [this or that] which the Lord commands us to do, and frankly expects, from good and faithful followers. But what is really the point of our talking this way; to apologize for being so soft, and our hearts only for this world? Why don't we rather assume the language of our true Country and People?
  • Joyce Ballentine
    James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." MY LORD!!! MOST BELIEVERS KNOWS THIS VERSE BUT HAVE TROUBLE DOING THIS! JESUS GAVE US THE BEST EXAMPLE ON HOW TO RESIST SATAN WITH THE WORD! THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY WAY TO RESIST SATAN OUR TRUE ENEMY IN THIS SINFUL FLESH! Mathew 4:4 "Jesus answered Satan, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every w
  • Steve morrow
  • Lords body
    James on war is true of all wars.
  • Emmanuel
    James 4:12 their is one lawgiver who saves and destroys .who are you to judge another person .am harboured .

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