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James 5
2 Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are completely rusted through, and their rust will be testimony against you and it will devour your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped together treasure for the last days. 4 look! the wages that you have withheld by fraud from the laborers who have reaped your fields, crying out ; and the cries of the harvesters have come to the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 on earth you have abandoned yourselves to soft (prodigal) living and to self-indulgence and self-gratification. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and have murdered the righteous (innocent man), he offers no resistance to you. 7 So be patient, brethren, till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. he keeps up his patient over it until it receives the early and late rains. 8 So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts , for the coming of the Lord is very near. 9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you may not be judged. Look! The Judge is standing at the very door. 10 an example of suffering and ill-treatment together with patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord . 11 You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast . You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord's end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy. 12 But above all , my brethren, 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 sin and fall under condemnation. 13 Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise . 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord's name. 15 And the prayer of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored . The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available . 17 Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have ; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops . 19 brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another brings him back , 20 Let the one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins .