James 4:1
Parallel Verses
New International Version
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?

New Living Translation
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don't they come from the evil desires at war within you?

English Standard Version
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

Berean Study Bible
What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don't they come from the passions at war within you?

Berean Literal Bible
From where come quarrels and from where conflicts among you? Is it not from there, out of your passions warring in your members?

New American Standard Bible
What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?

King James Bible
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don't they come from the cravings that are at war within you?

International Standard Version
Where do those fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your selfish desires that are at war in your bodies, don't they?

NET Bible
Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From where is war and contention among you? Is it not from the lusts which war in your members?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren't they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you?

New American Standard 1977
What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Where do the wars and disputes come from among you? From here that is to say, of your lusts which fight in your members?

King James 2000 Bible
From where come wars and fightings among you? come they not from here, even of your lusts that war in your members?

American King James Version
From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

American Standard Version
Whence come wars and whence come fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your pleasures that war in your members?

Douay-Rheims Bible
From whence are wars and contentions among you? Are they not hence, from your concupiscences, which war in your members?

Darby Bible Translation
Whence [come] wars and whence fightings among you? [Is it] not thence, -- from your pleasures, which war in your members?

English Revised Version
Whence come wars and whence come fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your pleasures that war in your members?

Webster's Bible Translation
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even from your lusts that war in your members?

Weymouth New Testament
What causes wars and contentions among you? Is it not the cravings which are ever at war within you for various pleasures?

World English Bible
Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don't they come from your pleasures that war in your members?

Young's Literal Translation
Whence are wars and fightings among you? not thence -- out of your passions, that are as soldiers in your members?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-10 Since all wars and fightings come from the corruptions of our own hearts, it is right to mortify those lusts that war in the members. Wordly and fleshly lusts are distempers, which will not allow content or satisfaction. Sinful desires and affections stop prayer, and the working of our desires toward God. And let us beware that we do not abuse or misuse the mercies received, by the disposition of the heart when prayers are granted When men ask of God prosperity, they often ask with wrong aims and intentions. If we thus seek the things of this world, it is just in God to deny them. Unbelieving and cold desires beg denials; and we may be sure that when prayers are rather the language of lusts than of graces, they will return empty. Here is a decided warning to avoid all criminal friendships with this world. Worldly-mindedness is enmity to God. An enemy may be reconciled, but enmity never can be reconciled. A man may have a large portion in things of this life, and yet be kept in the love of God; but he who sets his heart upon the world, who will conform to it rather than lose its friendship, is an enemy to God. So that any one who resolves at all events to be upon friendly terms with the world, must be the enemy of God. Did then the Jews, or the loose professors of Christianity, think the Scripture spake in vain against this worldly-mindedness? or does the Holy Spirit who dwells in all Christians, or the new nature which he creates, produce such fruit? Natural corruption shows itself by envying. The spirit of the world teaches us to lay up, or lay out for ourselves, according to our own fancies; God the Holy Spirit teaches us to be willing to do good to all about us, as we are able. The grace of God will correct and cure the spirit by nature in us; and where he gives grace, he gives another spirit than that of the world. The proud resist God: in their understanding they resist the truths of God; in their will they resist the laws of God; in their passions they resist the providence of God; therefore, no wonder that God resists the proud. How wretched the state of those who make God their enemy! God will give more grace to the humble, because they see their need of it, pray for it are thankful for it, and such shall have it. Submit to God, ver. 7. Submit your understanding to the truth of God; submit your wills to the will of his precept, the will of his providence. Submit yourselves to God, for he is ready to do you good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armour of God, and stand out against him, he will leave us. Let sinners then submit to God, and seek his grace and favour; resisting the devil. All sin must be wept over; here, in godly sorrow, or, hereafter, in eternal misery. And the Lord will not refuse to comfort one who really mourns for sin, or to exalt one who humbles himself before him.
Study Bible
Warning against Pride
1What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from the passions at war within you? 2You crave what you do not have. You kill and covet, but are unable to obtain it. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask.…
Cross References
Romans 7:23
But I see another law at work in my body, warring against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me.

2 Timothy 2:23
But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling.

Titus 3:9
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, arguments, and quarrels about the Law, because these things are pointless and worthless.

1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from the desires of the flesh, which war against your soul.
Treasury of Scripture

From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

whence.

James 3:14-18 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

fightings. or, brawlings. come they.

James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Genesis 4:5-8 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

1 Timothy 6:4-10 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the …

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

1 Peter 4:2,3 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If …

Jude 1:16-18 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; …

lusts. or, pleasures. See on ver.

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume …

in.

Romans 7:5,23 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by …

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

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