Knijga O Kristu

Jakovljeva poslanica 4

Približiti se Bogu

1Što je uzrok sukoba i svađa među vama? Zar nisu pohote koje se bore u vašim udovima?

žudite za onim što nemate pa zbog toga ubijate. Zavidni ste na onomu što ne možete dobiti pa se borite i svađate da drugima oduzmete. Nemate jer ne molite Boga za to što želite.

A kad i molite, ne dobivate jer molite s grešnom nakanom: da to potratite u svojim pohotama.

Preljubnici! Ne znate li da je prijateljstvo s ovim svijetom neprijateljstvo prema Bogu? Tko dakle hoće biti prijatelj svijetu, postaje neprijateljem Bogu.

Mislite li da u Svetome pismu bez razloga piše: 'On ljubomorno čezne za duhom što ga je u nama nastanio'?

Ali on nam, u svojoj milosti, daje sve više snage da se suprotstavimo takvim zlim željama; kao što Sveto pismo veli:
    'Bog se protivi oholima,
            a poniznima daruje milost.'[a]

Predajte se, dakle, ponizno Bogu! Oduprite se đavlu pa će pobjeći od vas!

Približite se Bogu pa će se i on približiti vama. Operite ruke, grešnici! Očistite srca, licemjeri!

Zatužite i zaplačite nad svojim grijesima! Neka se vaš smijeh pretvori u plač, a radost u žalost.

10 Ponizite se pred Gospodinom pa će vas on uzvisiti.

Upozorenje na osuđivanje drugih

11 Draga braćo i sestre, ne ocrnjujte jedni druge! Tko kritizira i osuđuje svojega brata, kritizira i osuđuje Božji zakon. A vi niste suci Zakonu da možete odlučivati o tomu je li on dobar ili loš. Vaša je dužnost da ga vršite.

12 Samo Bog, koji je dao Zakon, može među nama pravedno presuditi. Samo on ima moć spasiti ili pogubiti. A tko si ti da sudiš bližnjega?

Upozorenje na samopouzdanje

13 Poslušajte me sad vi koji govorite: 'Danas ili sutra ćemo poći u taj i taj grad, ondje ćemo ostati godinu dana, trgovati i zaraditi

14 a ne znate što će biti sutra. Pa što je vaš život? Poput daška je koji se načas pojavi i odmah nestane.

15 Trebali biste reći: 'Ako Gospodin bude htio, živjet ćemo i učiniti ovo ili ono.'

16 Inače se razmećete svojom hvalom. A svako je takvo hvastanje zlo.

17 Grijeh je dakle znati što treba činiti, a ne činiti.

New American Standard Bible

James 4

Things to Avoid

1[a]What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? [b]Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask [c]with wrong motives, so that you may spend it [d]on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “[e]He [f]jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

11 Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 [g]Yet you do not know [h]what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 [i]Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your [j]arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to one who knows the [k]right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

  1. James 4:1 Lit From where wars and from where fightings
  2. James 4:1 Lit Are they not from here, from your
  3. James 4:3 Lit wickedly
  4. James 4:3 Lit in
  5. James 4:5 Or The spirit which He has made to dwell in us lusts with envy
  6. James 4:5 Lit desires to jealousy
  7. James 4:14 Lit Who do not
  8. James 4:14 Or what will happen tomorrow. What kind of life is yours?
  9. James 4:15 Lit Instead of your saying
  10. James 4:16 Or pretensions
  11. James 4:17 Or good