James 5 NIV

Warning to Rich Oppressors

1 Now listen,1 you rich people,2 weep and wail3 because of the misery that is coming upon you.

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2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.4

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3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.5

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    • 5 5:3 - ver 7,8
      4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen6 who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries7 of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.8

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      5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves9 in the day of slaughter.a10

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        • a 5:5 - Or "yourselves as in a day of feasting"
          6 You have condemned and murdered11 innocent men,12 who were not opposing you.

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          Patience in Suffering

          7 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.13 See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is14 for the autumn and spring rains.15

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          8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming16 is near.17

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          9 Don't grumble against each other, brothers,18 or you will be judged. The Judge19 is standing at the door!20

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          10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets21 who spoke in the name of the Lord.

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          11 As you know, we consider blessed22 those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance23 and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.24 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.25

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          12 Above all, my brothers, do not swear--not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned.26

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          The Prayer of Faith

          13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.27 Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.28

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          14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders29 of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil30 in the name of the Lord.

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          15 And the prayer offered in faith31 will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

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          16 Therefore confess your sins32 to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.33 The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.34

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          17 Elijah was a man just like us.35 He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.36

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          18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.37

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          19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth38 and someone should bring him back,39

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          20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save40 him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.41

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