32 for one who goes astray is an abomination to the Lord, but he reveals his intimate counsel to the upright. 33 The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34 With arrogant scoffers he is scornful, yet he shows favor to the humble. 35 The wise inherit honor, but he holds fools up to public contempt.
4 Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. 5 Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? 6 But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.” 7 So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded.
Notes and References
"... There are several nagging ambiguities behind the NRSV's "God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us." Some — and I would include myself in this group — interpret the verse in a significantly different sense, so I offer three translations that illustrate the complexity and connectedness of the issues and problems ... The answer to this problem awaits the investigation of the various terms in the verse, but we indicate now that we prefer the first option above: Proverbs 3:34 is in fact the only text cited and the word 'Scripture' leads us to look for a specific citation ..."
McKnight, Scot The Letter of James (pp. 336-337) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011