Who is wise and understanding among you?
Those conflicts and disputes among you, where
do they come from?
|Show by your good life that your works are done
with gentleness born of wisdom.
||Do they not come from your cravings that are
at war within you?
|But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition
in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.
||You want something and do not have it; so you
commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it;
so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because
you do not ask.
|Such wisdom does not come down from above, but
is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.
||You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
|For where there is envy and selfish ambition,
there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.
||Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with
the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be
a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
|But the wisdom from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good
fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
||“Does the scripture speak in vain? Is the
spirit God made to dwell in us for envy”?
|And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who make peace.
But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God
opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”