第 4 章
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4. 你們這些淫亂的人哪、〔淫亂的人原文作淫婦〕豈不知與世俗為友、就是與 神為敵麼．所以凡想要與世俗為友的、就是與 神為敵了。
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
5. 你們想經上所說是徒然的麼． 神所賜住在我們裡面的靈、是戀愛至於嫉妒麼。
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
6. 但他賜更多的恩典．所以經上說、『 神阻擋驕傲的人、賜恩給謙卑的人。』
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
7. 故此你們要順服 神．務要抵擋魔鬼、魔鬼就必離開你們逃跑了。
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8. 你們親近 神、 神就必親近你們。有罪的人哪、要潔淨你們的手。心懷二意的人哪、要清潔你們的心。
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.