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14 But if there is bitter jealousy or competition hiding in your heart, then don’t deny it and try to compensate for it by boasting and being phony. 15 For that has nothing to do with God’s heavenly wisdom but can best be described as the wisdom of this world, both selfish[a] and devilish.[b] 16 So wherever jealousy[c] and selfishness are uncovered, you will also find many troubles[d] and every kind of meanness.

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  1. James 3:15 Or “unspiritual.”
  2. James 3:15 Or “behaves like a demon.”
  3. James 3:16 The Greek word for jealousy implies an obsession to promote one’s self at the expense of others.
  4. James 3:16 The Aramaic can be translated “chaos.” The Greek can be translated “instability” or “disorder.”

14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition(A) in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.(B) 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven(C) but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.(D) 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition,(E) there you find disorder and every evil practice.

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