Come near to God and he will come near to you.1 Wash your hands,2 you sinners, and purify your hearts,3 you double-minded.49
Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.510
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.611
Brothers, do not slander one another.7 Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him8 speaks against the law9 and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it,10 but sitting in judgment on it.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge,11 the one who is able to save and destroy.12 But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?13
Now listen,14 you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."1514
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.1615
Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will,17 we will live and do this or that."
As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.1817
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.19