Submit Yourselves To God
What causes Fights and Quarrels among you?
Don't they come from your desires
That Battle within you?
2 You want something but don't get it.
You Kill and Covet, but you cannot have what you want.
You Quarrel and Fight.
YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD.
3 WHEN YOU ASK,
YOU DO NOT RECEIVE,
BECAUSE YOU ASK WITH WRONG MOTIVES,
THAT YOU MAY SPEND WHAT YOU GET ON YOUR PLEASURES.
4 YOU ADULTEROUS PEOPLE,
DON'T YOU KNOW THAT FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD
IS HATRED TOWARD GOD?
ANYONE WHO CHOOSES TO BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD
BECOMES THE ENEMY OF GOD.
5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason
That the Spirit He cause to live in us tends toward Envy,
6 BUT HE GIVE MORE GRACE?
That is why Scripture says:
'God Opposes the Proud
But gives Grace to the Humble.'
7 SUBMIT YOURSELVES, THEN, TO GOD.
RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU.
8 COME NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL COME NEAR TO YOU.
WASH YOU HANDS, YOU SINNERS,
AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YOU DOUBLE-MINDED.
9 GRIEVE, MOURN AND WAIL.
CHANGE YOUR LAUGHTER INTO MOURNING
AND YOUR JOY TO GLOOM.
10 HUMBLE YOURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD,
AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP.
11 Brothers, do not Slander one anther.
Anyone who speaks against his brother of judges him
Speaks against the Law and Judges it.
When you Judge the Law, you are not keeping it,
But sitting in Judgment of it.
12 THERE IS ONLY ONE LAWGIVER AND JUDGE,
THE ONE WHO IS ABLE TO SAVE AND DESTROY.
But you—who are you to Judge your neighbor?
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen, you who say,
'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that City,
Spend a year there, carry on business and make money.'
14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?
YOU ARE A MIST THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLE WHILE
AND THEM VANISHES.
15 Instead, you ought to say,
'If it is the Lord's Will,
We will live and do this or that.'
16 As it is, you Boast and Brag.
ALL SUCH BOASTING IS EVIL.
17 ANYONE, THEN, WHO KNOWS THE GOOD HE OUGHT TO DO
AND DOESN'T DO IT, SINS.