James 4:15
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New International Version
Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

New Living Translation
What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that."

English Standard Version
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

Berean Study Bible
Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that."

Berean Literal Bible
Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord should will, both we will live and we will do this or that."

New American Standard Bible
Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that."

King James Bible
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, you should say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."

International Standard Version
Instead you should say, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live—and do this or that."

NET Bible
You ought to say instead, "If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, they should say, “If THE LORD JEHOVAH pleases, and we live, we shall do this or that.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, you should say, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and carry out our plans."

New American Standard 1977
Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye ought to say instead, If the Lord wills, and if we live, we shall do this or that.

King James 2000 Bible
For you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we shall live, and do this, or that.

American King James Version
For that you ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

American Standard Version
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what is your life? It is a vapour which appeareth for a little while, and afterwards shall vanish away. For that you should say: If the Lord will, and if we shall live, we will do this or that.

Darby Bible Translation
instead of your saying, If the Lord should [so] will and we should live, we will also do this or that.

English Revised Version
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.

Webster's Bible Translation
Instead of that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Weymouth New Testament
Instead of that you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we shall live and do this or that."

World English Bible
For you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that."

Young's Literal Translation
instead of your saying, 'If the Lord may will, we shall live, and do this or that;'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:11-17 Our lips must be governed by the law of kindness, as well as truth and justice. Christians are brethren. And to break God's commands, is to speak evil of them, and to judge them, as if they laid too great a restraint upon us. We have the law of God, which is a rule to all; let us not presume to set up our own notions and opinions as a rule to those about us, and let us be careful that we be not condemned of the Lord. Go to now, is a call to any one to consider his conduct as being wrong. How apt worldly and contriving men are to leave God out of their plans! How vain it is to look for any thing good without God's blessing and guidance! The frailty, shortness, and uncertainty of life, ought to check the vanity and presumptuous confidence of all projects for futurity. We can fix the hour and minute of the sun's rising and setting to-morrow, but we cannot fix the certain time of a vapour being scattered. So short, unreal, and fading is human life, and all the prosperity or enjoyment that attends it; though bliss or woe for ever must be according to our conduct during this fleeting moment. We are always to depend on the will of God. Our times are not in our own hands, but at the disposal of God. Our heads may be filled with cares and contrivances for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Providence often throws our plans into confusion. All we design, and all we do, should be with submissive dependence on God. It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of worldly things and aspiring projects; it will bring great disappointment, and will prove destruction in the end. Omissions are sins which will be brought into judgment, as well as commissions. He that does not the good he knows should be done, as well as he who does the evil he knows should not be done, will be condemned. Oh that we were as careful not to omit prayer, and not to neglect to meditate and examine our consciences, as we are not to commit gross outward vices against light!
Study Bible
Do Not Boast of Tomorrow
14You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your proud intentions. All such boasting is evil.…
Cross References
Acts 18:21
But as he left, he said, "I will come back to you again if God is willing." And he set sail from Ephesus.

James 4:16
As it is, you boast in your proud intentions. All such boasting is evil.
Treasury of Scripture

For that you ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

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2 Samuel 15:25,26 And the king said to Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: …

Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel …

Lamentations 3:37 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?

Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast …

Romans 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous …

Romans 15:32 That I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may with …

1 Corinthians 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, …

1 Corinthians 16:7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while …

Hebrews 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.

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