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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.

Notas al pie

  1. Jakovljeva poslanica 4:6 Izreke 3:34.

New International Version - UK

James 4

Submit yourselves to God

1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

‘God opposes the proud
    but shows favour to the humble.’[c]

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[d] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbour?

Boasting about tomorrow

13 Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Notas al pie

  1. James 4:4 An allusion to covenant unfaithfulness; see Hosea 3:1.
  2. James 4:5 Or that the spirit he caused to dwell in us envies intensely; or that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously
  3. James 4:6 Prov. 3:34
  4. James 4:11 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.