A few rough ideas about James 4:3, Mormon 9:28, and D&C 42:14


James 4:3

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consumeit upon your lusts.

Mormon 9:28

28 Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.

Doctrine and Covenants 46:9

9 For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts.

So these are the only three times that these two words are put together!! wow. With so much connection between Moroni and D&C 20, it is cool that there is something going on here between D&C 46 and Moroni (who wrote Mormon 9). The list of gifts of the spirit is also very similar to Moroni 10!

So what about this reference in James?

Here is the passage it comes from:

1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come theynot hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye mayconsume it upon your lusts.

4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth theproud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Wow! This is interesting. This sounds like D&C 42:14! “ye ask, and receive not” from James sounds a lot like “And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach” from D&C 42. If you pray (ask) and receive not… don’t teach. If we link this up with D&C 42, it is a possibility to interpret this as “if you pray and receive it not, it is because you are asking for the spirit to consume it upon your lusts. So, it won’t be given, and don’t teach.” Hmm! That is a powerful and productive reading.

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