JAMES CHAPTER FIVE
1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and howl
Due to the sorrows that will come on you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your clothes
Are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are
Corroded, and their rust will testify
Against you, and will eat your flesh like fire.
You’ve piled up treasure for the last days. 4 See
The wages of the workers that you failed
To pay, the workers who have reaped your fields,
Cry out against you, and their cries have reached
The ears of the Almighty Lord. 5 You’ve lived
In pleasure on the earth, in decadence;
Now your fat hearts are ready for the slaughter.
6 You have condemned and killed some innocent
Men who were not opposing you. 7 So, brothers,
Be patient ‘til the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for land to yield
Its precious crop; how patient he remains
While waiting for the rains in spring and fall.
8 You too, be patient and stand firm: because
The coming of the Lord draws near. 9 Don’t hold
Grudges against each other, brothers, or
You will be judged: the Judge stands at the door.
As an example of longsuffering,
10 My brothers, take the prophets who expressed
Themselves in God’s name. 11 You see, we count
Those happy who endure and persevere.
You have heard of Job’s perseverance, and
Have seen what God accomplished in the end;
And that the Lord is quite compassionate,
And full of tender mercy. 12 But above
All things, my brothers, do not swear, no, not
By heaven, nor by earth, nor by another
Oath: but make sure your yes is yes, your no
Is no; so that you will not be condemned.
13 Is anyone among you grief-stricken?
Then he should pray. Is anybody glad?
Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is someone sick?
Then he should summon elders of the church;
And let them pray for him, anointing him
With oil in Jesus’ name: 15 The faith-filled prayer
Will save the sick one, and the Lord will raise
Him up; and if he has committed sins,
They’ll be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults
To one another; pray for one another,
So that you may be healed. The prayer of
A righteous man is powerful and brings
Incredible results. 17 Elijah was
A man with passions just like us, and he
Earnestly prayed it would not rain: And no
Rain fell on earth for three years and six months.
18 Again he prayed; the heavens poured forth rain;
The earth produced her fruit. 19 If any of
You, brothers, stray from truth, and one of you
Turns him back, 20 he should know whoever turns
A sinner from the error of his ways
Will save a soul from death, and will obscure
A multitude of sins that would endure.