Exhortation

7 Therefore be patient, 1brethren, 2until the coming of the Lord. 3The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets 4the early and late rains.
8 5You too be patient; 6strengthen your hearts, for 7the coming of the Lord is 8near.
9 9Do not complain, 10brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, 11the Judge is standing 12right at the door.
10 As an example, 13brethren, of suffering and patience, take 14the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 We count those 15blessed who endured. You have heard of 16the endurance of Job and have seen 17the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that 18the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
12 But above all, 19my brethren, 20do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.
13 Is anyone among you 21suffering? 22Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to 23sing praises.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for 24the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, 25anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
15 and the 26prayer offered in faith will 27restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will 28raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
17 Elijah was 32a man with a nature like ours, and 33he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for 34three years and six months.
18 Then he 35prayed again, and 36the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
19 My brethren, 37if any among you strays from 38the truth and one turns him back,
20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will 39save his soul from death and will 40cover a multitude of sins.