James Chapter 4
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Wee are to striue against couetousnesse, 4 intemperance, 5 pride, 11 detraction, and rash iudgement of others: 13 and not to bee confident in the good successe of worldly businesse, but mindfull euer of the vncertaintie of this life, to commit our selues, and all our affaires to Gods prouidence.
From whence come warres and fightings among you? come they not hence, euen of your lusts, that warre in your members?1
Ye lust, and haue not: yee kill, and desire to haue, and cannot obtaine: yee fight and warre, yet yee haue not, because ye aske not.
Ye aske and receiue not, because ye aske amisse, that yee may consume it vpon your lusts.3
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.
Doe ye thinke that the Scripture saith in vaine, the spirit that dwelleth in vs lusteth to enuy?5
But he giueth more grace, wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proude, but giueth grace vnto the humble.6
Submit your selues therefore to God: resist the deuill, and hee will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and hee will draw nigh to you: cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purifie your hearts yee double minded.
Bee afflicted, and mourne, and weepe: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your ioy to heauinesse.
Humble your selues in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you vp.
Speake not euill one of another (brethren:) he that speaketh euill of his brother, and iudgeth his brother, speaketh euill of the Law, and iudgeth the Law: but if thou iudge the Law, thou art not a doer of the Law, but a iudge.
There is one Lawgiuer, who is able to saue, and to destroy: who art thou that iudgest another?
Goe to now ye that say, To day or to morrow wee will goe into such a city and continue there a yere, and buy, and sell, and get gaine:
Whereas yee know not what shalbe on the morow: for what is your life? It is euen a vapour that appeareth for a litle time, and then vanisheth away.14
For that yee ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall liue, and doe this, or that.
But now yee reioyce in your boastings: all such reioycing is euill.
Therefore to him that knoweth to doe good, and doth it not, to him it is sinne.
James Chapter 4 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Or, brawlings. , Or, pleasures.
3 Or, pleasures.
5 Or, enuiously.
6 Pro.3.34. 1.pet.5.5.
14 Pro.27.1. , Or, for it is.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania