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

  • 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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