James 5

Misuse of Riches

1 a  Come now b  you rich c  weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2 d  Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is e  in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! 4Behold f  the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and g  the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of h  the Lord of
I.e. Hosts
5You have j  lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have
Lit nourished
fattened your hearts in l  a day of slaughter.
6You have condemned and
Or murdered
n  put to death o  the righteous man; he does not resist you.


7Therefore be patient p  brethren q  until the coming of the Lord. r  The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until
Or he
it gets t  the early and late rains.
8 u  You too be patient; v  strengthen your hearts, for w  the coming of the Lord is x  near. 9 y  Do not
Lit groan
complain aa  brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold ab  the Judge is standing
Lit before
ad  right at the
Lit doors
10As an example af  brethren, of suffering and patience, take ag  the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11We count those ah  blessed who endured. You have heard of ai  the
Or steadfastness
endurance of Job and have seen ak  the
Lit end of the Lord
outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that am  the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

12But above all an  my brethren ao  do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but
Lit yours is to be yes, yes, and no, no
your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.

13Is anyone among you aq  suffering? ar  Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to as  sing praises. 14Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for at  the elders of the church and they are to pray over him,
Lit having anointed
av  anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
15and the aw  prayer
Lit of
offered in faith will
Or save
az  restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will ba  raise him up, and if he has committed sins,
Lit it
they will be forgiven him.
16Therefore bc  confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be bd  healed. be  The effective
Lit supplication
prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
17Elijah was bg  a man with a nature like ours, and bh  he prayed
Lit with prayer
earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for bj  three years and six months.
18Then he bk  prayed again, and bl  the
Lit heaven
Lit gave
poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

19My brethren bo  if any among you strays from bp  the truth and one turns him back, 20let him know that
Lit he who has turned
he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will br  save his soul from death and will bs  cover a multitude of sins.
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