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James 4

We are to strive against covetousness,

James 4:1 From whence commeth warre and fightynge amonge you: come they not here hence? euen of yor volupteousnesses that rayne in youre mebres? James 4:2 Ye lust, and haue not. Ye envie and haue indignacion, and can not obtayne. Ye fight & warre, and haue not, because ye axe not. James 4:3 Ye axe & receaue not because ye axe amysse: eue to cosume it vpo yor voluptuousnes.


James 4:4 Ye aduouterars, & weme that breke matrimonie: knowe ye not how that the frenshippe of ye worlde is ennimite to godwarde? Whosoeuer wilbe a frende of the worlde, is made ye enemie of god.


James 4:5 Ether do ye thinke yt the scripture sayth in vayne. The sprete yt dwelleth in you, lusteth euen contrary to enuie: James 4:6 but geueth more grace. James 4:7 Submit youre selues to God, and resist the deuell, & he wil flye fro you. James 4:8 Drawe nye to God & he wil drawe nye to you. Clense yor hondes ye synners, and pourge youre hertes ye wauerynge mynded. James 4:9 Suffre affliccions: sorowe ye and wepe. Let youre laughter be turned to mornynge, and youre ioye to heuynes. James 4:10 Cast downe youre selues before the LORDE, and he shal lift you vp.

detraction, and rash judgments of others:

James 4:11 Backbyte not one another, brethren. He that backbyteth his brother, and he yt iudgeth his brother, backbyteth the lawe, and iudgeth the lawe. But and yf thou iudge the lawe, thou art not an obseruer of the lawe: but a iudge. James 4:12 There is one lawe geuer, which is able to saue and to distroye. What art thou that iudgest another man?

and not to be confident in the good success of worldly business, but mindful ever of the uncertainty of this life, to commit ourselves and all our affairs to God's providence.

James 4:13 Go to now ye that saye: to daye & to morow let vs go into soche a citie and continue there a yeare, and bye and sell, and wynne: James 4:14 & yet ca not tell what shal happe to morowe. For what thinge is youre life? It is euen a vapoure that apereth for a lytell tyme, and the vanysheth awaye: James 4:15 For that ye ought to say: yf the LORDE wil, and yf we liue, let vs do this or that. James 4:16 But nowe ye reioyce in youre bostinges. All soche reioysynge is euell. James 4:17 Therfore to him that knoweth how to do good, and doth it not, to him it is synne.

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