Patience in Suffering

James 5

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 7:1
    Judge not, that you be not judged.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 -
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
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