H. Dealing with Pleasures,
the World, and the Devil
1 Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Are they not from this, from your 1apleasures that bwar in your members?
2 You 1alust and do not have; you bmurder and are cjealous and are not able to obtain; you fight and make war. You do not have because you do not ask;
3 You aask and do not receive because you ask evilly that you may spend it on your bpleasures.
4 1aAdulteresses, do you not know that the 2friendship of the 3bworld is enmity with God? Therefore whoever determines to be a cfriend of the world is constituted an 4enemy of God.
5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain: "The 1Spirit, whom He has caused to 2adwell in us, longs to envy''?
6 But He gives agreater grace; therefore 1it says, 2"God resists the 3bproud but gives grace to the chumble.''
7 1Be subject therefore to God; but 2awithstand the 3bdevil, and he will flee from you.
8 aDraw near to God, and He will bdraw near to you. cCleanse your hands, sinners, and dpurify your hearts, you 1double-souled!
9 1Endure amisery and bmourn and cweep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into dejection.
10 1Be ahumbled before the Lord, and He will bexalt you.