James 4:3

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Ye aske and receiue not, because ye aske amisse, that yee may consume it vpon your lusts.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend {it} on your pleasures.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend `it' in your pleasures.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure.
- Basic English Bible

Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask evilly, that ye may consume [it] in your pleasures.
- Darby Bible

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
- Webster's Bible

or you pray and yet do not receive, because you pray wrongly, your object being to waste what you get on some pleasure or another.
- Weymouth Bible

You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.
- World English Bible

Ye axen, and ye resseyuen not; for that ye axen yuele, as ye schewen opynli in youre coueitisis.
- Wycliffe Bible

ye ask, and ye receive not, because evilly ye ask, that in your pleasures ye may spend [it].
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 4:3


4:3 But if ye do ask, ye receive not, because ye ask amiss - That is, from a wrong motive.


People's Bible Notes for James 4:3


Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss. Some even have prayed for the things which would satisfy their lusts, but God hears not such prayers.

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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