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

  • 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
    *****JAMES 4:7 SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE UNTO GOD RESIST THE devil AND HE WILL FLEE FORM YOU*****
  • 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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