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 4:3

  • We might have thought that in prayer we were safe from sin. Not so. The pharisee in the temple was praying and sinning as he lifted himself in pride over the publican near him. Jonah was praying and sinning when, sitting in pride on the outskirts of Nineveh, he asked God to take his life. And Jesus warned His followers to not behave in prayer as heathens or pharisees. Because they could pray that way, He guided them away from death dealing prayer. Cr. Matt Barfield Life and Death Prayer Revivalfocus

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