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 for James 4:14

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

Bible Commentary for James 4:14

Wesley's Notes for James 4:14


4:12 There is one lawgiver that is able - To execute the sentence he denounces. But who art thou - A poor, weak, dying worm.

4:13 Come now, ye that say - As peremptorily as if your life were in your own hands.

4:15 Instead of your saying - That is, whereas ye ought to say.


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?

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