James 5

Warning to the Rich

1 Come now, x you rich, weep and howl for the y miseries that are coming upon you. 2 z Your riches have rotted and z your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. a You have laid up treasure b in the last days. 4 Behold, c the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and d the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of e the Lord of hosts. 5 f You have lived on the earth in luxury and g in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in h a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and i murdered j the righteous person. He does not resist you.

Patience in Suffering

7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, 1 until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives k the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. l Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord m is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, n so that you may not be judged; behold, o the Judge is standing p at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take q the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of r the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen s the purpose of the Lord, how t the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

12 But above all, my brothers, u 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 fall under condemnation.

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him v sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, w anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And x if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, y confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, z that you may be healed. a The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 2 17 Elijah was a man b with a nature like ours, and c he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for d three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 e Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

19 My brothers, f if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone g brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering h will save his soul from death and i will cover a multitude of sins.

  1. Cross References
    Luke 6:24
    But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
    Proverbs 11:28
    Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
    Amos 6:1
    Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes!
    1 Timothy 6:9
    But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 3:16
    In their paths are ruin and misery.
  3. Cross References
    Job 13:28
    Man wastes away like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.
    Isaiah 50:9
    Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
    Matthew 6:19 - 20
    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
  4. Cross References
    Job 13:28
    Man wastes away like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.
    Isaiah 50:9
    Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
    Matthew 6:19 - 20
    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 6:19
    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
    Luke 12:21
    So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
    Romans 2:5
    But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
  6. Cross References
    James 5:8 - 9
    You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
  7. Cross References
    Job 24:10
    They go about naked, without clothing; hungry, they carry the sheaves.
    Leviticus 19:13
    You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 24:15
    You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin.
  9. Cross References
    Romans 9:29
    And as Isaiah predicted, "If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah.
  10. Cross References
    Job 21:13
    They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol.
    Luke 16:19
    There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
    2 Peter 2:13
    Suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.
  11. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:6
    But she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
  12. Cross References
    Jeremiah 12:3
    But you, O Lord, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
  13. Cross References
    James 4:2
    You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
  14. Cross References
    Acts 3:14
    But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 11:14
    He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.
  16. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 3:13
    So that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
  17. Cross References
    1 Peter 4:7
    The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
    Romans 13:11 - 12
    Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
    Philippians 4:5
    Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.
    Hebrews 10:25
    Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
    Hebrews 10:37
    For, "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 7:1
    Judge not, that you be not judged.
  19. Cross References
    1 Peter 4:5
    But they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
    Revelation 22:12
    Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
  20. Cross References
    Matthew 24:33
    So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
    Mark 13:29
    So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
    1 Corinthians 4:5
    Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 5:12
    Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
    Matthew 23:34
    Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town.
    Acts 7:52
    Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered.
    Hebrews 11:32 - 38
    And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -
  22. Cross References
    Job 1:21 - 22
    And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
    Job 2:10
    But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
  23. Cross References
    Job 42:10
    And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
    Job 42:12
    And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
  24. Cross References
    Exodus 34:6
    The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
  25. Cross References
    Matthew 5:34
    But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God.
  26. Cross References
    Colossians 3:16
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
  27. Cross References
    Mark 6:13
    And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
    Mark 16:18
    They will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.
  28. Cross References
    Isaiah 33:24
    And no inhabitant will say, "I am sick"; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
    Matthew 9:2
    And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.
    Mark 2:5
    And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven.
    Luke 5:20
    And when he saw their faith, he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you.
  29. Cross References
    Acts 19:18
    Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.
  30. Cross References
    Hebrews 12:13
    And make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
  31. Cross References
    Genesis 18:23 - 32
    Then Abraham drew near and said, "Will you inde...
    Genesis 20:17
    Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abim...
    Numbers 11:2
    Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses p...
    1 Kings 13:6
    And the king said to the man of God, "Entreat n...
    1 Kings 17:22
    And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. A...
    2 Kings 4:33
    So he went in and shut the door behind the two ...
    2 Kings 19:15 - 20
    And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: "...
    2 Kings 20:2 - 5
    Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and p...
    Job 42:8
    Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams a...
    Proverbs 15:29
    The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears t...
  32. Cross References
    Acts 14:15
    Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
  33. Cross References
    1 Kings 17:1
    Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.
    1 Kings 18:1
    After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.
  34. Cross References
    Luke 4:25
    But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land.
  35. Cross References
    1 Kings 18:42
    So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees.
    1 Kings 18:45
    And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.
  36. Cross References
    Matthew 18:15
    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
    Galatians 6:1
    Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
  37. Cross References
    Psalms 51:13
    Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
    Daniel 12:3
    And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
    Malachi 2:6
    True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.
    Luke 1:16
    And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
  38. Cross References
    Romans 11:14
    In order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.
  39. Cross References
    1 Peter 4:8
    Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
    Nehemiah 4:5
    Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.
    Psalms 32:1
    Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
    Psalms 85:2
    You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah
    Proverbs 10:12
    Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
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