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James, Chapter 5 (General Epistles)

A Warning to the Rich

1Come now, rich ones,{1} weep, cry aloud{2} over the hardships{3} that come upon you.{4} 2Your riches have rotted,{5} and your garments have become moth-eaten.{6} 3Your gold and silver have rusted over, and their poison will be to you a testimony, and it will eat your flesh as fire. You heaped[1] treasure[2] in the last days.{7} 4Behold, the wages of the workmen who have reaped[3] your fields, being kept back by you,[4]{8} cries out, and the cries of those having reaped[5] have entered into the ears of the Lord of Hosts.{9} 5You lived luxuriously on the earth,{10} and lived riotously;{11} you nourished[6] your hearts as in a day of slaughter.[7]{12} 6You condemned, you murdered the righteous;{13} he does not resist you.

Patience in Suffering

7Be longsuffering,[8] then, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.{14} Behold, the farmer awaits the precious fruit of the earth, being longsuffering[9] over it until it may receive the early and latter rain.{15} 8You also be longsuffering,[10]{16} establish your hearts,{17} because the coming of the Lord has drawn near.{18} 9Do not murmur[11] against one another,{19} brothers, so that you will not be judged.{20} Behold, the Judge stands before the door.{21}

10Take as an example of suffering ill and of longsuffering,[12] my brothers, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.{22} 11Behold, we count as blessed those who are enduring.[13]{23} You have heard of the patience of Job,{24} and you saw the end[14] of the Lord, that the Lord is very compassionate and pitying.{25}

12But before all things, my bothers, do not swear, neither by heaven, not by the earth, not any other oath. But let your yes be yes, and the no, no;{26} so that you will not fall under judgement.[15]

The Prayer of Faith

13Are any among you suffers of ill? Let him pray.{27} Are any cheerful? Let him sing.{28} 14Are any among you infirmed?[16] Let him summon the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, having anointed him with oil in the name of the Lord.{29} 15And the prayer of faith will cure[17] those being sick and will raise him to the Lord;{30} and if he may have done any sin, it will be forgiven him.{31} 16Confess to one another your offenses, and pray for one another,{32} so that you may be healed.{33} The petition[18] of a righteous one being made effective has much strength.[19]{34}

17Elijah was a man of like feeling[20] to us, and in prayer he prayed for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.{35} 18And again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.{36}

19Brothers, if anyone among you errs from the truth and turns anyone with him,{37} 20know that the one turning a sinner from the error of his ways{38} will save the soul from death and will hide[21] a multitude of sins.{39}


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