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James 5 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Pay attention to this if you're rich. Cry and moan about the misery that is coming to you. 1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.
2 Your riches have decayed, 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 corroded, and their corrosion will be used as evidence against you. Like fire, it will destroy your body. 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 The wages you refused to pay the people who harvested your fields shout [to God] against you. The Lord of Armies has heard the cries of those who gather the crops. 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 in luxury and pleasure here on earth. You have fattened yourselves 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 people who have God's approval, even though they didn't resist you. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
7 Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes again. See how farmers wait for their precious crops to grow. They wait patiently for 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. Don't give up hope. The Lord will soon be here. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
9 Brothers and sisters, stop complaining about each other, or you will be condemned. Realize that 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, follow the example of the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. They were patient when they suffered unjustly. 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 consider those who endure to be blessed. You have heard about Job's endurance. You saw that the Lord ended Job's suffering because the Lord is compassionate and merciful. 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 things, my brothers and sisters, do not take an oath on anything in heaven or on earth. Do not take any oath. If you mean yes, say yes. If you mean no, say no. Do this so that you won't be condemned. 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 If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms. 13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive 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 (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) 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 your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective. 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 human like us. Yet, when he prayed that it wouldn't rain, no rain fell on the ground 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. It rained, and the ground produced crops. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you wanders from the truth, someone can bring that person back. 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,
20 Realize that whoever brings a sinner back from the error of his ways will save him from death, and many sins will be forgiven. 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.