Ya’akov 4 – יעקב ד


1From where do conflicts and quarrels among you come?  Is it not from the lusts that war in your members?  2You covet and do not obtain; you kill and envy, but you cannot possess; you strive and fight, yet you have nothing, because you do not ask.  3You ask and you do not receive because you do not ask sincerely; you ask that you may satisfy your lusts.  4O you adulterers! Do you not know that the love for worldly things is enmity with Elohim?  Whoever, therefore, esteems worldly things is the enemy of Elohim.  5Or do you think that the scripture says in vain, “HaRu’akh that dwells in us is provoked by jealousy?”  6But Adoneinu has given us abundant grace. Therefore he said, “Elohim humbles the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  7Submit yourselves, therefore, to Elohim.  Resist HaSatan, and he will flee from you.  8Draw near to Elohim, and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, O you sinners!  And purify your hearts, O you of doubtful mind!  9Humble yourselves and mourn; let your laughter be turned to weeping and your joy to sorrow.  10Humble yourselves before  יהוה  and He will lift you up.

11Do not speak against one another, my brethren, for he who speaks against his brother and judges his brother, speaks against the Torah and judges the Torah; but if you judge the Torah, you are not a doer of the Torah, but a judge of it.  12For there is one giver of Torah and one judge, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge your neighbor?  13What then shall we say of those who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to a certain city and will work there a year and will trade and prosper?”  14They do not know what will happen tomorrow!  For what is our life?  It is but a vapor, which appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  15Instead of that they should say, “If  יהוה wills it, we shall live and do this or that.”  16But now they are proud in their boasting; all such pride is evil.  17Therefore he who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

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