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James 5 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You rich people, listen to me. Cry and sob, because you will soon be suffering. 1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.
2 Your riches have rotted. Moths have eaten your clothes. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.
3 Your gold and silver have lost their brightness. Their dullness will give witness against you. Your wanting more and more will eat your body like fire. You have stored 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 even failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields. Their pay is crying out against you. The cries of those who gathered the harvest have reached the ears of the Lord who rules over all. 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 have lived an easy life on earth. You have given yourselves everything you wanted. You have made yourselves fat like cattle that will soon be butchered. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
6 You have judged and murdered people who aren't guilty. And they weren't even opposing you. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
7 Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes. See how the farmer waits for the land to produce its rich crop. See how patient he is for the fall 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 too must be patient. You must stand firm. The Lord will soon come back. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
9 Brothers and sisters, don't find fault with one another. If you do, you will be judged. And the Judge is standing at the door! 9 Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, think about the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. They are an example of how to be patient when you suffer. 10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 As you know, we think that people who don't give up are blessed. You have heard that Job was patient. And you have seen what the Lord finally did for him. The Lord is full of tender mercy and loving concern. 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 My brothers and sisters, don't take an oath when you make a promise. Don't call on heaven or earth or anything else to back up what you say. Let your "Yes" be yes. And let your "No" be no. If you don't, you will be judged. 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 of you in trouble? Then you should pray. Are any of you happy? Then sing songs of praise. 13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 Are any of you sick? Then send for the elders of the church to pray over you. Ask them to anoint you with oil 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 The prayer offered by those who have faith will make you well. The Lord will heal you. If you have sinned, you 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 admit to one another that you have sinned. Pray for one another so that you might be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen. 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 just like us. He prayed hard that it wouldn't rain. And it didn't rain 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 Then he prayed again. That time it rained. And the earth produced its crops. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, suppose one of you wanders away from the truth and someone brings you back. 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,
20 Then here is what I want everyone to remember. Anyone who turns a sinner from going down the wrong path will save him from death. God will erase many sins by forgiving him. 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.