James 4:2

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Ye lust, and haue not: yee kill, and desire to haue, and cannot obtaine: yee fight and warre, yet yee haue not, because ye aske not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You lust and do not have; {so} you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; {so} you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war; ye have not, because ye ask not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are burning with desire, and have not your desire, so you put men to death; you are full of envy, and you are not able to get your desire, so you are fighting and making war; you have not your desire, because you do not make request for it.
- Basic English Bible

Ye lust and have not: ye kill and are full of envy, and cannot obtain; ye fight and war; ye have not because ye ask not.
- Darby Bible

Ye lust and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
- Webster's Bible

You covet things and yet cannot get them; you commit murder; you have passionate desires and yet cannot gain your end; you begin to fight and make war. You have not, because you do not pray;
- Weymouth Bible

You lust, and don't have. You kill, covet, and can't obtain. You fight and make war. You don't have, because you don't ask.
- World English Bible

Ye coueiten, and ye han not; ye sleen, and ye han enuye, and ye moun not gete. Ye chiden, and maken batel; and ye han not, for ye axen not.
- Wycliffe Bible

ye desire, and ye have not; ye murder, and are zealous, and are not able to attain; ye fight and war, and ye have not, because of your not asking;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 4:2


4:2 Ye kill - In your heart, for he that hateth his brother is a murderer. Ye fight and war - That is, furiously strive and contend. Ye ask not - And no marvel; for a man full of evil desire, of envy or hatred, cannot pray.


People's Bible Notes for James 4:2


Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not. This inordinate desire unsatisfied leads to murder, or to hatred and envy, which are murder in embryo. Even then not obtaining they fight and war in order to satisfy their greed. Still they are not satisfied. Ye have not, because ye ask not. They should have humbly gone to God with their reasonable requests, but the lustful cannot truly pray.

Discussion for James 4

  • Bruce
    Velda: Satan,He is a roaring lion seeking whom so ever, makes no difference if you're a child or grown adult. Your post says you're proud of being humble. We cannot sugarcoat danger! A evil seed planted by Satan can grow into--? That's why I said in my post before, your post is scary! Sin looks, tastes,feels good! Did to me!
    We can be thankful for:1John 1:9.( I Thank Him for my Salvation! WOW!)
  • Irene123
    To Velda W. - I understand what you are saying; I don't judge you for 'presenting' it in a public forum, but - discretion is the better part of valor. You show your humility by your attitude; others will notice. But never never speak of it. That's what the Pharisee did as he stood beside the truly humble Jew, Lk.18:10
  • Joyce Ballentine
    James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." IF WE EVER NEED TO LEARN TO RESIST THE DEVIL AS THE BODY OF CHRIST IT IS NOW!!! RESISTING THE DEVIL TAKES SUBMISSION TO GOD HIMSELF! TRYING TO RESIST THE DEVIL WITHOUT THE LORD'S HELP IS IMPOSSIBLE! SATAN AND HIS DEMONS HAS NO FEAR OF US BUT FEARS THE ONE WHO LIVES INSIDE US! James 2:19 "You believe that ther
  • Chef
    Thank God in the name of Jesus, for his humbleness, and as I grow in him each day, I can include "If it's the Lord's will" as he so chooses. The plans that I may have. Be bless all.
  • Velda Wilson
    I am thankful that I know how to be humble
  • Maria Cristina Angeles
    I thank God for this priveledge, being His daughter.Iacknowledge the fact that apart from him, I can do nothing.So i submit myself to God that know me better.God bless to the author of this site I inspired a lot.more success!You're such a blessings.

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