FROM whence come conflicts and quarrels among you?
Is it not from the lusts that war in your members?
You covet and do not obtain;
you kill and envy, but you cannot possess;
you strive and fight, yet you have nothing, because you do not ask.
You ask and you do not receive because you do not ask sincerely, you ask that you may satisfy your lusts.
O you adulterers!
Do you not know that the love for worldly things is enmity with God?
Whoever, therefore, esteems worldly things is the enemy of God.
Or do you think that the scripture said in vain, The pride that dwells in us is provoked by jealousy?
But our Lord has given us abundant grace.
Therefore he said, God humbles the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist Satan, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, O you sinners!
And purify your hearts, O you of doubtful mind!
Humble yourselves and mourn;
let your laughter be turned to weeping and your joy to sorrow.
Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.
¶ Do not speak against one another, my brethren, for he who speaks against his brother and judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law;
but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge of it.
For there is one lawgiver and judge, who is able to save and to destroy.
Who are you to judge your neighbor?
What then shall we say of those who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to a certain city and will work there a year and will trade and prosper?
They do not know what will happen tomorrow!
For what is our life?
It is but a vapour, which appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
Instead of that they should say, If the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that.
But now they are proud in their boasting;
all such pride is evil.
Therefore he who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.