James 51 Weep now, ye rich men, and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten: 3 your gold and silver is cankered, and their rust shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh like fire: ye have been treasuring them up for these last days. 4 Behold the hire of the laborers, that reaped your fields, of which they are defrauded by you, crieth out against you: and the complaints of the reapers are come into the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 Ye have lived upon earth delicately and luxuriously; ye fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned, ye have murdered the just one, who resisted you not. 7 Wait patiently therefore, my brethren, till the coming of the Lord: behold the husbandman expecteth the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it, till he receive the former and the latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient, establish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Repine not, my brethren, against each other, that ye be not condemned: behold, the judge is at the door. 10 Take for an example of enduring evil and of long-suffering the prophets, who spake in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we account those happy, that are patient. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 12 But above all, my brethren, swear not; neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor any other oath: but let your yea be yea, and your nay nay; that ye may not fall under condemnation. 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray: is any chearful? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? 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: 15 and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed: the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it rained not upon the land for three years and six months: 18 and he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth put forth its fruit. 19 Brethren, if any among you be seduced from the truth, and one convert him; 20 let him know that he, who turneth back a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.
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