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1 You rich people, listen! Cry and be very sad because of the troubles that are 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 rotted, and your clothes have been eaten by moths. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.
3 Your gold and silver have rusted, and that rust will be a proof that you were wrong. It will eat your bodies like fire. You saved your treasure for the 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 pay you did not give the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the workers have been heard by the Lord All-Powerful. 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 on earth was full of rich living and pleasing yourselves with everything you wanted. You made yourselves fat, like an animal ready to be killed. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
6 You have judged guilty and then murdered innocent people, who were not against 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. A farmer patiently waits for his valuable crop to grow from the earth and for it to receive 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, too, must be patient. Do not give up hope, because the Lord is coming soon. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
9 Brothers and sisters, do not complain against each other or you will be judged guilty. And the Judge is ready to come! 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 for the Lord. They suffered many hard things, but they were patient. 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 say they are happy because they did not give up. You have heard about Job's patience, and you know the Lord's purpose for him in the end. You know the Lord is full of mercy and is kind. 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, above all, do not use an oath when you make a promise. Don't use the name of heaven, earth, or anything else to prove what you say. When you mean yes, say only yes, and when you mean no, say only no so you will not be judged guilty. 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 Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises. 13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
14 Anyone who is sick should call the church's elders. They should pray for and pour oil on the personn 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 And the prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will heal that person. And if the person has sinned, the sins 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 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great 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 a human being just like us. He prayed that it would not rain, and it did not 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 Elijah prayed again, and the rain came down from the sky, and the land produced crops again. 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 away from the truth, and someone helps that person come back, 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,
20 remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner's soul from death and will cause many sins to 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.