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. 1
Your life here on earth has been full of luxury and pleasure. You have made yourselves fat for the day of slaughter.
You have condemned and murdered innocent people, and they do not resist you. 2
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.
You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord's coming is near.
Do not complain against one another, my friends, so that God will not judge you. The Judge is near, ready to appear.
My friends, remember the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Take them as examples of patient endurance under suffering.
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. 3
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. 4
Are any among you in trouble? They should pray. Are any among you happy? They should sing praises.
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. 5