New International Version
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
King James Bible
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Darby Bible Translation
Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask evilly, that ye may consume [it] in your pleasures.
World English Bible
You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.
Young's Literal Translation
ye ask, and ye receive not, because evilly ye ask, that in your pleasures ye may spend it.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ye ask, and receive not - Some think that this refers to their prayers for the conversion of the heathen; and on the pretense that they were not converted thus; they thought it lawful to extirpate them and possess their goods.
Ye ask amiss - Κακως αιτεισθε· Ye ask evilly, wickedly. Ye have not the proper dispositions of prayer, and ye have an improper object. Ye ask for worldly prosperity, that ye may employ it in riotous living. This is properly the meaning of the original, ἱνα εν ταις ἡδοναις ὑμων δαπανησητε, That ye may expend it upon your pleasures. The rabbins have many good observations on asking amiss or asking improperly, and give examples of different kinds of this sort of prayer; the phrase is Jewish and would naturally occur to St. James in writing on this subject. Whether the lusting of which St. James speaks were their desire to make proselytes, in order that they might increase their power and influence by means of such, or whether it were a desire to cast off the Roman yoke, and become independent; the motive and the object were the same, and the prayers were such as God could not hear.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
lusts. or, pleasures.
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1 Kings 3:11
So God said to him, "Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,
1 John 3:22
and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
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