James 4:9

“Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Bee afflicted, and mourne, and weepe: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your ioy to heauinesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be troubled, with sorrow and weeping; let your laughing be turned to sorrow and your joy to grief.
- Basic English Bible

Be wretched, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.
- Darby Bible

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
- Webster's Bible

Afflict yourselves and mourn and weep aloud; let your laughter be turned into grief, and your gladness into shame.
- Weymouth Bible

Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom.
- World English Bible

Be ye wretchis, and weile ye; youre leiyyng be turned in to weping, and ioye in to sorewe of herte.
- Wycliffe Bible

be exceeding afflicted, and mourn, and weep, let your laughter to mourning be turned, and the joy to heaviness;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 4:9


4:9 Be afflicted - For your past unfaithfulness to God.


People's Bible Notes for James 4:9


Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep. Mourn over your sins and sincerely repent of them.

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?
  • 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 .
  • Steve morrow
    JAMES 4:1 FROM WHENCE COME WARS AND FIGHTINGS AMONG YOU COME THEY NOT HENCE EVEN OF YOUR LUSTS THAT WAR IN YOUR MEMBERS 4:2 YOU LUST AND HAVE NOT YOU KILL AND DESIRE TO HAVE AND CANNOT OBTAIN YOU FIGHT AND WAR YET YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT 4:3 YOU ASK AND RECEIVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK AMISS THAT YOU CONSUME IT UPON YOUR LUSTS

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