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Geneva Bible (1599): James 4

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1 From whence are warres and contentions among you? are they not hence, euen of your pleasures, that fight in your members?

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2 Ye lust, and haue not: ye enuie, and desire immoderately, and cannot obtaine: ye fight and warre, and get nothing, because ye aske not.

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3 Ye aske, and receiue not, because ye aske amisse, that ye might lay the same out on your pleasures.

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4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, knowe ye not that the amitie of the world is the enimitie of God? Whosoeuer therefore will be a friend of the world, maketh himselfe the enemie of God.

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5 Doe ye thinke that the Scripture sayeth in vaine, The spirit that dwelleth in vs, lusteth after enuie?

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6 But the Scripture offereth more grace, and therefore sayth, God resisteth the proude, and giueth grace to the humble.

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7 Submit your selues to God: resist the deuill, and he will flee from you.

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8 Drawe neere to God, and he will drawe neere to you. Clense your handes, ye sinners, and purge your hearts, ye double minded.

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9 Suffer afflictions, and sorrowe ye, and weepe: let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your ioy into heauinesse.

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10 Cast downe your selues before the Lord, and he will lift you vp.

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11 Speake not euill one of another, brethren. He that speaketh euill of his brother, or he that condemneth his brother, speaketh euill of ye Law, and condemneth the Lawe: and if thou condemnest the Lawe, thou art not an obseruer of the Lawe, but a iudge.

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12 There is one Lawgiuer, which is able to saue, and to destroy. Who art thou that iudgest another man?

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13 Goe to now ye that say, To day or to morowe we will goe into such a citie, and continue there a yeere, and bye and sell, and get gaine,

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14 (And yet ye cannot tell what shalbe to morowe. For what is your life? It is euen a vapour that appeareth for a litle time, and afterward vanisheth away)

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15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, and, if we liue, we will doe this or that.

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16 But now ye reioyce in your boastings: all such reioycing is euill.

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17 Therefore, to him that knoweth how to doe well, and doeth it not, to him it is sinne.

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