James 4:3
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English Standard Version
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

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

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

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

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Weymouth New Testament
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.

James 4:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Ye ask (αἰτεῖτε)

See on ἠρώτων, besought, Matthew 15:23.

Amiss (κακῶς)

Lit., evilly: with evil intent, as explained by the following sentence.

Consume it upon (δαπανησήτε ἐν)

More correctly, as Rev., spend it in. The sense is not lay out expense upon your pleasures, but spend in the exercise of; under the dominion of.

James 4:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ask, and.

James 1:6,7 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed...

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul...

Job 35:12 There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but he answered them not.

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

Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Proverbs 21:13,27 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard...

Isaiah 1:15,16 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear...

Jeremiah 11:11,14 Therefore thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on them, which they shall not be able to escape...

Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them...

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time...

Zechariah 7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, said the LORD of hosts:

Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of...

Mark 10:38 But Jesus said to them, You know not what you ask: can you drink of the cup that I drink of?...

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

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:

ye may.

Luke 15:13,30 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country...

Luke 16:1,2 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward...

lusts. or, pleasures.

James 4:1 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Cross References
1 Kings 3:11
And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

Psalm 66:18
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Proverbs 1:28
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

1 John 3:22
and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

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