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James 5

MSG 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. ESV 1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. MSG 2 Your money is corrupt and your fine clothes stink. ESV 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. MSG 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. ESV 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. MSG 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. ESV 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. MSG 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. ESV 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. MSG 6 In fact, what you've done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it. ESV 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. MSG 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. ESV 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. MSG 8 Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time. ESV 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. MSG 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. ESV 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. MSG 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. ESV 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. MSG 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. ESV 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. MSG 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. ESV 12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. MSG 13 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. ESV 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. MSG 14 Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. ESV 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. MSG 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. ESV 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. MSG 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. ESV 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. MSG 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. ESV 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. MSG 18 Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again. ESV 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. MSG 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 ESV 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, MSG 20 and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God. ESV 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

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