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Weymouth New testament
Misuse of Riches
1Come, you rich men, weep aloud and howl for your sorrows which will soon be upon you.
2Your treasures have rotted, and your piles of clothing are moth-eaten;
3your gold and your silver have become covered with rust, and the rust on them will give evidence against you, and will eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded up wealth in these last days.
4I tell you that the pay of the labourers who have gathered in your crops—pay which you are keeping back—is calling out against you; and the outcries of those who have been your reapers have entered into the ears of the Lord of the armies of Heaven.
5Here on earth you have lived self-indulgent and profligate lives. You have stupefied yourselves with gross feeding; but a day of slaughter has come.
6You have condemned—you have murdered— the righteous man: he offers no resistance.
Patience in Suffering
7Be patient therefore, brethren, until the Coming of the Lord. Notice how eagerly a farmer waits for a valuable crop! He is patient over it till it has received the early and the later rain.
8So you also must be patient: keeping up your courage; for the Coming of the Lord is now close at hand.
9Do not cry out in condemnation of one another, brethren, lest you come under judgement. I tell you that the Judge is standing at the door.
10In illustration, brethren, of persecution patiently endured take the Prophets who have spoken as messengers from the Lord.
11Remember that we call those blessed who endured what they did. You have also heard of Job's patient endurance, and have seen the issue of the Lord's dealings with him—how full of tenderness and pity the Lord is.
12But above all things, my brethren, do not swear, either by Heaven or by the earth, or with any other oath. Let your 'yes' be simply 'yes,' and your 'no' be simply 'no;' that you may not come under condemnation.
The Prayer of Faith
13Is one of you suffering? Let him pray. Is any one in good spirits? Let him sing a psalm.
14Is any one ill? Let him send for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, after anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15And the prayer of faith will restore the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up to health; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven.
16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be cured. The heartfelt supplication of a righteous man exerts a mighty influence.
17Elijah was a man with a nature similar to ours, and he earnestly prayed that there might be no rain: and no rain fell on the land for three years and six months.
18Again he prayed, and the sky gave rain and the land yielded its crops.
Restoring a Sinner
19My brethren, if one of you strays from the truth and some one brings him back,
20let him know that he who brings a sinner back from his evil ways will save the man's soul from death and throw a veil over a multitude of sins.