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James 5

New Int. Readers Version

1 You rich people, listen to me. Cry and sob, because you will soon be suffering. 2 Your riches have rotted. Moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver have lost their brightness. Their dullness will give witness against you. Your wanting more and more will eat your body like fire. You have stored up riches in these last days. 4 You have even failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields. Their pay is crying out against you. The cries of those who gathered the harvest have reached the ears of the Lord who rules over all. 5 You have lived an easy life on earth. You have given yourselves everything you wanted. You have made yourselves fat like cattle that will soon be butchered. 6 You have judged and murdered people who aren't guilty. And they weren't even opposing you. 7 Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes. See how the farmer waits for the land to produce its rich crop. See how patient he is for the fall and spring rains. 8 You too must be patient. You must stand firm. The Lord will soon come back. 9 Brothers and sisters, don't find fault with one another. If you do, you will be judged. And the Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, think about the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. They are an example of how to be patient when you suffer. 11 As you know, we think that people who don't give up are blessed. You have heard that Job was patient. And you have seen what the Lord finally did for him. The Lord is full of tender mercy and loving concern. 12 My brothers and sisters, don't take an oath when you make a promise. Don't call on heaven or earth or anything else to back up what you say. Let your “Yes” be yes. And let your “No” be no. If you don't, you will be judged. 13 Are any of you in trouble? Then you should pray. Are any of you happy? Then sing songs of praise. 14 Are any of you sick? Then send for the elders of the church to pray over you. Ask them to anoint you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer offered by those who have faith will make you well. The Lord will heal you. If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. 16 So admit to one another that you have sinned. Pray for one another so that you might be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen. 17 Elijah was just like us. He prayed hard that it wouldn't rain. And it didn't rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Then he prayed again. That time it rained. And the earth produced its crops. 19 My brothers and sisters, suppose one of you wanders away from the truth and someone brings you back. 20 Then here is what I want everyone to remember. Anyone who turns a sinner from going down the wrong path will save him from death. God will erase many sins by forgiving him.

James 5

English Standard Version

1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. (Pr 11:28; Am 6:1; Lu 6:24; Ro 3:16; 1Ti 6:9) 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. (Job 13:28; Isa 50:9; Mt 6:19) 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. (Mt 6:19; Lu 12:21; Ro 2:5; Jas 5:8) 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. (Le 19:13; De 24:15; Job 24:10; Ro 9:29) 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. (Job 21:13; Jer 12:3; Lu 16:19; 1Ti 5:6; 2Pe 2:13) 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. (Ac 3:14; Jas 4:2) 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers,[1] 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. (De 11:14) 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (Ro 13:11; Php 4:5; 1Th 3:13; Heb 10:25; Heb 10:37; 1Pe 4:7) 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. (Mt 7:1; Mt 24:33; Mr 13:29; 1Co 4:5; 1Pe 4:5; Re 22:12) 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. (Mt 5:12; Mt 23:34; Ac 7:52; Heb 11:32) 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. (Ex 34:6; Job 1:21; Job 2:10; Job 42:10; Job 42:12) 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. (Mt 5:34) 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. (Col 3:16) 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. (Mr 6:13; Mr 16:18) 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. (Isa 33:24; Mt 9:2; Mr 2:5; Lu 5:20) 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.[2] (Ge 18:23; Ge 20:17; Nu 11:2; 1Ki 13:6; 1Ki 17:22; 2Ki 4:33; 2Ki 19:15; 2Ki 20:2; Job 42:8; Pr 15:29; Ac 19:18; Heb 12:13) 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. (1Ki 17:1; 1Ki 18:1; Lu 4:25; Ac 14:15) 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. (1Ki 18:42; 1Ki 18:45) 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, (Ps 51:13; Da 12:3; Mal 2:6; Mt 18:15; Lu 1:16; Ga 6:1) 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. (Ne 4:5; Ps 32:1; Ps 85:2; Pr 10:12; Ro 11:14; 1Pe 4:8)