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James 5:1-11 (New International Version)

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Warning to Rich Oppressors

1 Now listen,1 you rich people,2 weep and wail3 because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.4 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 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 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves9 in the day of slaughter.a10 6 You have condemned and murdered11 innocent men,12 who were not opposing you.

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 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming16 is near.17 9 Don't grumble against each other, brothers,18 or you will be judged. The Judge19 is standing at the door!20 10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets21 who spoke in the name of the Lord. 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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