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1 And now, you rich people, listen to me! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming upon you! 1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.
2 Your riches have rotted away, and your clothes have been eaten by moths. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.
3 Your gold and silver are covered with rust, and this rust will be a witness against you and will eat up your flesh like fire. You have piled up riches in these last days. 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.
4 You have not paid any wages to those who work in your fields. Listen to their complaints! The cries of those who gather in your crops have reached the ears of God, the Lord Almighty. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
5 Your life here on earth has been full of luxury and pleasure. You have made yourselves fat for the day of slaughter. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
6 You have condemned and murdered innocent people, and they do not resist you. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
7 Be patient, then, my friends, until the Lord comes. See how patient farmers are as they wait for their land to produce precious crops. They wait patiently for the autumn and spring rains. 7 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.
8 You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord's coming is near. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
9 Do not complain against one another, my friends, so that God will not judge you. The Judge is near, ready to appear. 9 Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 My friends, remember the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Take them as examples of patient endurance under suffering. 10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 We call them happy because they endured. You have heard of Job's patience, and you know how the Lord provided for him in the end. For the Lord is full of mercy and compassion. 11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12 Above all, my friends, do not use an oath when you make a promise. Do not swear by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Say only "Yes" when you mean yes, and "No" when you mean no, and then you will not come under God's judgment. 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.
13 Are any among you in trouble? They should pray. Are any among you happy? They should sing praises. 13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 Are any among you sick? They should send for the church elders, who will pray for them and rub olive oil on them in the name of the Lord. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 This prayer made in faith will heal the sick; the Lord will restore them to health, and the sins they have committed will be forgiven. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
16 So then, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you will be healed. The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
17 Elijah was the same kind of person as we are. He prayed earnestly that there would be no rain, and no rain fell on the land for three and a half years. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
18 Once again he prayed, and the sky poured out its rain and the earth produced its crops. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My friends, if any of you wander away from the truth and another one brings you back again, 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,
20 remember this: whoever turns a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner's soul from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.