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James 5:1-9 (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
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