James 4:4

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Ye adulterers, and adulteresses, know yee not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoeuer therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

O you who are false to God, do you not see that the friends of this world are not God's friends? Every man desiring to be a friend of this world makes himself a hater of God.
- Basic English Bible

Adulteresses, know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore is minded to be [the] friend of the world is constituted enemy of God.
- Darby Bible

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
- Webster's Bible

You unfaithful women, do you not know that friendship with the world means enmity to God? Therefore whoever is bent on being friendly with the world makes himself an enemy to God.
- Weymouth Bible

You adulterers and adulteresses, don't you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
- World English Bible

Auowtreris, witen not ye, that the frenschip of this world is enemye to God? Therfor who euere wole be frend of this world, is maad the enemye of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

Adulterers and adulteresses! have ye not known that friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever, then, may counsel to be a friend of the world, an enemy of God he is set.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 4:4


4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses - Who have broken your faith with God, your rightful spouse. Know ye not that the friendship or love of the world - The desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, and the pride of life, or courting the favour of worldly men, is enmity against God? Whosoever desireth to be a friend of the world - Whosoever seeks either the happiness or favour of it, does thereby constitute himself an enemy of God; and can he expect to obtain anything of him?


People's Bible Notes for James 4:4


Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses. Adulterous spouses of Christ who commit fornication with the world. It is spiritual adultery that is meant. The friendship of the world is enmity with God. Since the prince of this world is opposed to Christ and the spirit of the world is also opposed, one cannot love the ways of the world and love God also. "Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Mt 6:24).

Discussion for James 4:4

  • This verse is not saying that Christians cannot be friends with unsaved people. After all, Jesus was a friend of sinners. It is talking about allegiances and loyalties. If we care more about what the world thinks about things, ie. origins, family, gender roles, marriage, Church, government,etc. than what God says about these things, then we have chosen to side with the spirit of this world, Lucifer, than to believe what God says. It goes back to the lie that the serpent, Lucifer, sold to Eve, "Yea, hath God said "? He 's still using that line today with Christians. "Yea, did God really say this or that "? And Satan gets us to question the intentions and motives of God today by getting us to question, "Well did God really mean that? " Once we question the clear truth of the Bible, the window is then open for us to believe almost anything. Today many Christians don 't believe God made the earth in 6 literal 24 hour days, because the "scientific community " says the earth is millions of years old and we got here by chance, random, mutations over millions of years. Are we going to believe God or fallible mankind? "To be a friend of this world its motivations, thinking, beliefs, attitudes is to be against, or at odds with God ". For me it has to be, "Let God be TRUE, and every man a liar! " I have many unsaved friends, but when it comes to believing what God says, there can be no compromise.
  • Brianna for verse 4
    1 John 5:19 brings whole new light to this scripture. It points out how the world is lying in the power of the wicked one. God 's standards go against much of what is normal to the world today. For example, fornication is a huge problem in the world today. Having sex during high school years, and sleeping with people you are not married to are all to common. Hopefully if we are guided by Bible principles we can see , that that is not acceptable to God, it is not proper. If we lack that viewpoint, but still want to please God then we should deepen our study of the Bible and learn to love what God loves, and hate what he hates.
  • Janice Newton@rocketmail.com for verse 4
    I am guilty of this act of always wanting things my way and selfish desire's,but God said seek ye first the kingdom of God and his rightousness and all the things will be added on. Jesus forgive me, help me! help me ! help me, it is not about me.

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