Modern Literal Version
[James 4]

     4:1 From where are the wars and quarrels among you*coming from? Is it not from here, from your* own sensual-delights which are warring in your* members? 4:2 You* lust and do not have; you* murder and are jealous and are not able to obtain; you* quarrel and make war; you* do not have, because you* do not ask for yourself. 4:3 You* ask and do not receive, because you* ask evilly, in order that you* may spend it in your* sensual-delights.

     4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses, do you* not know that the friendship of the world is hostilitytoward God? Therefore, whoever wills to be a friend of the world is designated as an enemy of God. 4:5 Or are you* thinking that the Scripture speaks with emptiness? Does the Spirit who dwelt in us long to envy? 4:6 But he is giving greater grace. Hence the Scripture says, 'God resists the haughty, but gives grace to the humble.' {Prov 3:34}

     4:7 Therefore, be* subject to God and stand* against the devil, and he will be fleeing away from you*. 4:8 Draw* near to God and he will be drawing near to you*. Cleanse*your* hands sinners and purify*your* hearts you* indecisive! 4:9 Be* miserable and mourn* and weep*. Let your* laughter be turned to mourning and your* joy be turned to gloom. 4:10 Humble* yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will be exalting you*.

     4:11 Brethren do* not speak against one another. He who is speaking against a brother and is judging his brother, is speaking against the law and is judging the law. Now if you are judgingthe law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge. 4:12 There is the one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judges the other?

     4:13 Proceed on now, you* who are saying, Today and the next-day, we should travel into this city and should spend one year there and be a merchant and make* a gain. 4:14 You* do not know what the next-day will bring, for* what is your* life? For* it will be a vapor, which appears for a small time but also thereafter disappears. 4:15 Instead of that, you* should say, If the Lord wills, and we should also live, then we might do* this or that. 4:16 But now you* boast in your*variousself-importances. All such boasting is evil. 4:17 Therefore knowing to do* good and not doing*it, to him, it is sin.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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