James 5
King James 2000

Oppression by the Rich Brings Judgment

1Come now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

2Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

3Your gold and silver is rusted; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.

4Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries: and the cries of them who have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of hosts.

5You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

6You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you

Wait for the Lord in Patience.

7Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain.

8Be also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near.

9Murmur not one against another, brethren, lest you be judged: behold, the judge stands before the door.

10Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

11Behold, we count them happy who endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate, and of tender mercy.

12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest you fall under judgment.

The Powerful Prayer of Faith

13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

14Is 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:

15And the prayer of faith shall deliver the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

17Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth for three years and six months.

18And he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.

Bring Back the Erring One

19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

20Let him know, that he who converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

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