James 4:3
Good News Translation
And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.

Contemporary English Version
Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You ask and receive not: because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your concupiscences.

New American Bible
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

You ask and receive not: because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your concupiscences.

ask, and.

James 1:6,7 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, which is moved and carried about by the wind. . . .

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite if through covetousness he take by violence, and God deliver not his soul? . . .

Job 35:12 There shall they cry, and he will not hear, because of the pride of evil men.

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them, to the Lord: but he heard them not.

Psalm 66:18,19 If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. . . .

Proverbs 1:28 Because they have hated instruction, and received not the fear of the Lord,

Proverbs 15:8 The victims of the wicked are abominable to the Lord: the vows of the just are acceptable.

Proverbs 21:13,27 He that stoppeth his ear against the cry of the poor, shall also cry himself, and shall not be heard. . . .

Isaiah 1:15,16 And when you stretch forth your hands, I will turn away my eyes from you: and when you multiply prayer, I will not hear: for your hands are full of blood. . . .

Jeremiah 11:11,14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord: Behold I will bring in evils upon them, which they shall not be able to escape: and they shall cry to me, and I will not hearken to them. . . .

Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast I will not hear their prayers: and if they offer holocausts and victims, I will not receive them: for I will consume them by the sword, and by famine, and by the pestilence.

Micah 3:4 Who have eaten the flesh of my people, and have flayed their skin off them: and have broken, and chopped their bones as for the kettle, and as flesh in the midst of the pot.

Zechariah 7:13 And it came to pass that as he spoke, and they heard not: so shall they cry, and I will not hear, saith the Lord of hosts.

Matthew 20:22 And Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can.

Mark 10:38 And Jesus said to them: You know not what you ask. Can you drink of the chalice that I drink of or be baptized with the baptism wherewith I am baptized?

1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence which we have towards him: That, whatsoever we shall ask according to his will, he heareth us.

ye may.

Luke 15:13,30 And not many days after, the younger son, gathering all together, went abroad into a far country: and there wasted his substance, living riotously. . . .

Luke 16:1,2 And he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods. . . .

lusts.

James 4:1 From whence are wars and contentions among you? Are they not hence, from your concupiscences, which war in your members?

Context
Warning against Pride
2You covet, and have not: you kill and envy and cannot obtain. You contend and war, and you have not: because you ask not. 3You ask and receive not: because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your concupiscences. 4Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world becometh an enemy of God.…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:11
And the Lord said to Solomon: Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life nor riches, nor the lives of thy enemies, but hast asked for thyself wisdom to discern judgment;

Psalm 66:18
If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Proverbs 1:28
Because they have hated instruction, and received not the fear of the Lord,

1 John 3:22
And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence which we have towards him: That, whatsoever we shall ask according to his will, he heareth us.

Additional Translations
And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, that you may spend it in your pleasures.

You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures.

Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask evilly, that ye may consume [it] in your pleasures.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

or you pray and yet do not receive, because you pray wrongly, your object being to waste what you get on some pleasure or another.

You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.

ye ask, and ye receive not, because evilly ye ask, that in your pleasures ye may spend it.
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