James 4:8
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New International Version
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

New Living Translation
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

English Standard Version
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Berean Study Bible
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Berean Literal Bible
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and have purified hearts, you double-minded.

New American Standard Bible
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

King James Bible
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!

International Standard Version
Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

NET Bible
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Purify your hands, you sinners; sanctify your hearts, doubting souls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters.

New American Standard 1977
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

King James 2000 Bible
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

American King James Version
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

American Standard Version
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners: and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Darby Bible Translation
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse [your] hands, sinners, and purify [your] hearts, ye double-minded.

English Revised Version
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.

Webster's Bible Translation
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.

Weymouth New Testament
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you who are half-hearted towards God.

World English Bible
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Young's Literal Translation
draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you; cleanse hands, ye sinners! and purify hearts, ye two-souled!
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
Drawing Near to God
7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter to mourning, and your joy to gloom.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 14:35
And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

2 Chronicles 15:2
and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

Job 17:9
"Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

Psalm 73:28
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.

Psalm 119:113
I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law.

Isaiah 1:16
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,

Isaiah 58:2
"Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, As a nation that has done righteousness And has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, They delight in the nearness of God.

Jeremiah 4:14
Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you?

Zechariah 1:3
"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return to Me," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I may return to you," says the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:7
"From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "But you say, 'How shall we return?'
Treasury of Scripture

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

Draw nigh to God.

Genesis 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and …

Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in …

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.

Isaiah 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Hosea 6:1,2 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will …

Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say you to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Turn you …

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from my ordinances, …

Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better …

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having …

Cleanse.

Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Job 16:17 Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure.

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Psalm 18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to …

Psalm 24:4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up …

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Isaiah 1:15,16 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 13:15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that …

Matthew 15:2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for …

Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a …

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not …

purity.

Psalm 51:6,7,10 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part …

Jeremiah 4:11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem…

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Ezekiel 36:25-27 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree …

Matthew 23:25,26 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean …

Luke 11:39,40 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside …

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

ye double. See on ch.

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

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