We are to strive against covetousness,
James 4:1 Whence wars and whence fightings among you? are they not from hencedue to your pleasures which are taking the field in your members? James 4:2 Ye covetand have not, ye commit murder, and are jealousand cannot obtain,ye fight and war. Ye have notbecause ye do not really ask, James 4:3 Ye ask and receive not, because that, basely, ye ask, in order that, in your pleasures, ye may spend [it].
James 4:4 Adulteresses! Know ye not that, the friendship of the world, is, enmity to God? Whosoever, therefore, is minded to be, a friend, of the world, an enemy of God, doth constitute himself.
James 4:5 Or think ye that, in vain, the scripture speaketh? Is it, for envying, that the spirit which hath taken an abode within us doth crave? James 4:6 Howbeit he giveth, greater, favour. Wherefore it saithGod, against the haughty, arrayeth himself, Whereas, unto the lowly, he giveth favour. James 4:7 Range yourselves, therefore, under God, but withstand the adversary, and he will flee from you: James 4:8 Draw near unto God, and he will draw near unto you. Cleanse hands, sinners! Chasten hearts, double souls! James 4:9 Be miserable and lament and weep, let, your laughter, into lamentation, be turned, and, your joy, into dejection; James 4:10 Be made low in presence of the Lord, and he will lift you up.
detraction, and rash judgments of others:
James 4:11 Be not speaking one against another, brethren! He that speaketh against a brother, or judgeth his brother, speaketh against law, and judgeth law; Now, if, upon law, thou art passing judgment, thou art not a doer of law, but a judge! James 4:12 One, is Lawgiver and JudgeHe who hath power to save and to destroy; but who art, thou, that judgest thy neighbour?
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 Come now! ye that sayToday or Tomorrow, we will journey unto this city here, and will spend there a year, and will trade and get gain, James 4:14 Men who are not versed in the morrowof what sort your life [will be]; for ye are, a vapourfor a little, appearing, then, just disappearing! James 4:15 Instead of your sayingIf, the Lord, be pleased, we shall both, live and do this or that; James 4:16 Whereas, now, are ye boasting in your pretensions:All boasting like this, is, wicked, James 4:17 To him, therefore, who knoweth how to be doing, a right thing, and is not doing it, it is, sin, unto him.