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James 5 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Warning to Rich Oppressors

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:1 - Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:2 - Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:3 - Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:4 - Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:5 - You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:6 - You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Patience in Suffering

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:7 - Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:8 - You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:9 - Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:10 - Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:11 - As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:12 - Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

The Prayer of Faith

(cf. 1Ki 18:41–46 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:13 - Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:14 - Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:15 - And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:16 - Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:17 - Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:18 - Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:19 - My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:20 - remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
NIV Footnotes
Or yourselves as in a day of feasting

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