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

  • 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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