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James 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Warning to the Rich

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:1 - Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:2 - Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:3 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:4 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:5 - You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:6 - You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

Patience in Suffering

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:7 - Be patient, therefore, brothers,[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:8 - You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:9 - Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:10 - As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:11 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:12 - 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.

The Prayer of Faith

(cf. 1Ki 18:41–46 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:13 - Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:14 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:15 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:16 - 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.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:17 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:18 - Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:19 - My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:20 - 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.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 10, 12, 19
Or The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power

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