Whence are wars and fightings among you? not thence
-- out of your passions, that are as soldiers in your members?
ye desire, and ye have not; ye murder, and are zealous, and
are not able to attain; ye fight and war, and ye have not, because of your not
ye ask, and ye receive not, because evilly ye ask, that in
your pleasures ye may spend it.
Adulterers and adulteresses! have ye not known that
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever, then, may counsel to be a
friend of the world, an enemy of God he is set.
Do ye think that emptily the Writing saith, 'To envy
earnestly desireth the spirit that did dwell in us,'
and greater grace he doth give, wherefore he saith, 'God
against proud ones doth set Himself up, and to lowly ones He doth give grace?'
be subject, then, to God; stand up against the devil, and he
will flee from you;
draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you; cleanse
hands, ye sinners! and purify hearts, ye two-souled!
be exceeding afflicted, and mourn, and weep, let your
laughter to mourning be turned, and the joy to heaviness;
be made low before the Lord, and He shall exalt you.
Speak not one against another, brethren; he who is speaking
against a brother, and is judging his brother, doth speak against law, and doth
judge law, and if law thou dost judge, thou art not a doer of law but a judge;
one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy;
thou -- who art thou that dost judge the other?
Go, now, ye who are saying, 'To-day and to-morrow we will go
on to such a city, and will pass there one year, and traffic, and make gain;'
who do not know the thing of the morrow; for what is your
life? for it is a vapour that is appearing for a little, and then is vanishing;
instead of your saying, 'If the Lord may will, we shall
live, and do this or that;'
and now ye glory in your pride; all such glorying is evil;
to him, then, knowing to do good, and not doing, sin it is