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James 5:1-20

5  Come, now, YOU rich [men],+ weep, howling over YOUR miseries that are coming upon YOU.+  YOUR riches have rotted, and YOUR outer garments have become moth-eaten.+  YOUR gold and silver are rusted away, and their rust will be as a witness against YOU and will eat YOUR fleshy parts. Something like fire+ is what YOU have stored up+ in the last days.*+  Look! The wages due the workers who harvested YOUR fields but which are held up by YOU,+ keep crying out,+ and the calls for help+ on the part of the reapers have entered into the ears+ of Jehovah* of armies.  YOU have lived in luxury upon the earth and have gone in for sensual pleasure.*+ YOU have fattened YOUR hearts on the day of slaughter.+  YOU have condemned, YOU have murdered the righteous one. Is he not opposing YOU?*+  Exercise patience, therefore, brothers, until the presence*+ of the Lord. Look! The farmer keeps waiting for the precious fruit of the earth, exercising patience over it until he gets the early rain and the late rain.+  YOU too exercise patience;+ make YOUR hearts firm, because the presence of the Lord has drawn close.+  Do not heave sighs* against one another, brothers, so that YOU do not get judged.+ Look! The Judge is standing before the doors.+ 10  Brothers, take as a pattern+ of the suffering of evil+ and the exercising of patience+ the prophets,+ who spoke in the name of Jehovah.*+ 11  Look! We pronounce happy those who have endured.+ YOU have heard of the endurance of Job+ and have seen the outcome* Jehovah* gave,+ that Jehovah* is very tender in affection and merciful.*+ 12  Above all things, though, my brothers, stop swearing, yes, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath.+ But let YOUR Yes mean Yes, and YOUR No, No, so that YOU do not fall under judgment.+ 13  Is there anyone suffering evil among YOU? Let him carry on prayer.+ Is there anyone in good spirits? Let him sing psalms.*+ 14  Is there anyone sick among YOU?+ Let him call the older men*+ of the congregation to [him], and let them pray over him, greasing [him] with oil+ in the name of Jehovah.* 15  And the prayer of faith will make the indisposed one well,*+ and Jehovah* will raise him up.+ Also, if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.+ 16  Therefore openly confess+ YOUR sins to one another and pray for one another, that YOU may get healed.+ A righteous man’s supplication, when it is at work,* has much force.+ 17  E·li′jah was a man with feelings like ours,+ and yet in prayer he prayed for it not to rain;+ and it did not rain upon the land for three years and six months. 18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the land put forth its fruit.+ 19  My brothers, if anyone among YOU is misled* from the truth and another turns him back,+ 20  know that he who turns a sinner back from the error+ of his way will save his soul from death+ and will cover a multitude of sins.+


“And will eat your fleshy parts like fire. You have stored up treasure in the last days,” Vg.
See App 1D.
Lit., “you behaved voluptuously.”
Or, “the righteous one; he is not opposing you.”
See App 5B.
Lit., “Do not be groaning.”
See App 1D.
Lit., “end.” Gr., te′los.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
Lit., “compassionate.”
Or, “praises to God.”
Or, “elders.” Gr., pre·sby·te′rous; J17,22(Heb.), ziq·neh′. See Nu 11:25.
See App 1D.
Lit., “will save the (one) being tired.”
See App 1D.
Or, “when rendered with earnestness.”
Lit., “should be made to err.”