James 4:5
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New International Version
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?

New Living Translation
What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy?

English Standard Version
Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

Berean Study Bible
Or do you think the Scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to dwell in us yearns with envy?

Berean Literal Bible
Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit that He has made to dwell in us yearns with envy"?

New American Standard Bible
Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?

King James Bible
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or do you think it's without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously?

International Standard Version
Or do you think the Scripture means nothing when it says that the Spirit that God caused to live in us jealously yearns for us?

NET Bible
Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, "The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning"?

New Heart English Bible
Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit which he made to dwell in us yearns jealously"?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And perhaps you think the Scripture says in vain, “The spirit that dwells within us lusts with jealousy.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do you think this passage means nothing? It says, "The Spirit that lives in us wants us to be his own."

New American Standard 1977
Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do ye think that the scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

King James 2000 Bible
Do you think that the scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

American King James Version
Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

American Standard Version
Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain? Doth the spirit which he made to dwell in us long unto envying?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or do you think that the scripture saith in vain: To envy doth the spirit covet which dwelleth in you?

Darby Bible Translation
Think ye that the scripture speaks in vain? Does the Spirit which has taken his abode in us desire enviously?

English Revised Version
Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain? Doth the spirit which he made to dwell in us long unto envying?

Webster's Bible Translation
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Weymouth New Testament
Or do you suppose that it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, "The Spirit which He has caused to dwell in our hearts yearns jealously over us"?

World English Bible
Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously"?

Young's Literal Translation
Do ye think that emptily the Writing saith, 'To envy earnestly desireth the spirit that did dwell in us,'
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
4You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you think the Scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to dwell in us yearns with envy? 6But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”…
Cross References
Numbers 23:19
"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

2 Corinthians 6:16
What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people."
Treasury of Scripture

Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

the scripture.

John 7:42 Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes of the seed of David, …

John 10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture …

John 19:37 And again another scripture said, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Romans 9:17 For the scripture said to Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have …

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen …

The spirit.

Genesis 4:5,6 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Genesis 26:14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great …

Genesis 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied …

Genesis 37:11 And his brothers envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Numbers 11:29 And Moses said to him, Envy you for my sake? would God that all the …

Psalm 37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

Psalm 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.

Proverbs 21:10 The soul of the wicked desires evil: his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this …

Isaiah 11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah …

Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

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

to envy. or, enviously.

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