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James 5 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And a final word to you arrogant rich: Take some lessons in lament. You'll need buckets for the tears when the crash comes upon you. 1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.
2 Your money is corrupt and your fine clothes stink. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.
3 Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within. You thought you were piling up wealth. What you've piled up is judgment. 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 All the workers you've exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. 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 You've looted the earth and lived it up. But all you'll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
6 In fact, what you've done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
7 Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master's Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. 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 Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
9 Friends, don't complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner. 9 Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. 10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You've heard, of course, of Job's staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That's because God cares, cares right down to the last detail. 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 And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don't add words like "I swear to God" to your own words. Don't show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can't be used against you. 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 you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. 13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. 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 Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you've sinned, you'll be forgiven - healed inside and out. 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 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. 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, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn't rain, and it didn't - not a drop 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 Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God's truth, don't write them off. Go after them. Get them back 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,
20 and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God. 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.