Adulterers! Do you not know that to be a lover of the
world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever
wants to be a lover of the world makes himself an
enemy of God. Or do you suppose that the scripture
speaks without meaning when it says, "The spirit
he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy"?
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the
So submit yourselves 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 of two minds. Begin to lament,
to mourn, to weep. Let your laughter be turned into
mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble
yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.