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James 5 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged
Danger of Riches; Patience and Prayer
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:1 - Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:2 - Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:3 - Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:4 - Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:5 - You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as[fn] in a day of slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:6 - You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.
Be Patient and Persevering
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:7 - Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
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, brethren, lest you be condemned.[fn] Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:10 - My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:11 - Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:12 - But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.[fn]
Meeting Specific Needs
(cf. 1 Kin. 18:41–46 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:13 - Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
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 sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:16 - Confess your trespasses[fn] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:17 - Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:18 - And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
Bring Back the Erring One
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:19 - Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 5:20 - let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul[fn] from death and cover a multitude of sins.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally, in Hebrew, Hosts
NU-Text omits as.
NU-Text and M-Text read judged.
M-Text reads hypocrisy.
NU-Text reads Therefore confess your sins.
NU-Text reads his soul.

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