1 Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they
come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within
2 You want something
and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something
and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You
do not have, because you do not ask.
3 You ask and
do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what
you get on your pleasures.
Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?
Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an
enemy of God.
5 Or do you suppose
that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns
jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’?
6 But he gives
all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.’
7 Submit yourselves
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to
God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you double-minded.