James Chapter Five

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.

 

S.D.G.