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James 5:1-20

5  Come on now, rich men, weep and howl over your miseries to come. 2  Your wealth has rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten, 3  your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a testimony to you and will eat your flesh like fire. 4*  You have been hoarding in the last days; here the delayed pay of the laborers who reaped your acres is crying out, and the clamor of the harvesters has entered the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5  You have been living in luxury and self-indulgence on the earth, you have been feeding your hearts in a day of slaughter; 6  you have been condemning the man who was in the right, murdering him—he does not make any stand against you. 7  So, brothers, have patience till the Lord’s coming. How the farmer waits for the precious crops of the soil, having patience over them till they get the early rains and the late rains! 8  Have patience yourselves, fortify your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is almost here. 9  Do not sigh against each other, brothers, that you may not be judged: here is the judge standing at the doors. 10  Take as an example of fortitude and patience, brothers, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11  How we admire the condition of those who endured! you have heard of Job’s endurance, and seen the Lord’s ending, that the Lord is tenderhearted and compassionate. 12  And above all, my brothers, do not swear, neither by heaven nor by the earth nor any other oath; but let your yes be yes and your no no, that you may not come under judgment. 13  Is anyone among you having hardships? let him pray. Is anyone feeling cheery? let him sing hymns. 14  Is anyone among you sick? let him call in the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, putting oil on him in the name of the Lord, 15  and the prayer of faith shall make the sufferer well, and the Lord shall raise him; and if he has committed sins he shall be forgiven. 16  So confess your sins to each other and pray for each other that you may be healed. Great is the efficacy of a righteous man’s strenuous prayer. 17  Elijah was a man subject to the same limitations as we are, and he specially prayed that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth three years and six months; 18  and he prayed again and the sky gave showers and the earth started to grow crops. 19  My brothers, if one among you strays from the truth and someone brings him back, 20**  let him know that he who brings a sinner back from his straying course will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins.


5:4 Lit. the pay, delayed by you,
5:20 Lit. from the wandering of his course
5:20 Lit. save his soul (which in Biblical language ordinarily means the animal life) from death