James 4:13-5:20

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” [a]Yet you do not know [b]what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. [c]Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your [d]arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the [e]right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Misuse of Riches

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of [f]Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have [g]fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and [h]put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.


Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until [i]it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not [j]complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing [k]right at the [l]door. As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the [m]endurance of Job and have seen the [n]outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but [o]your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, [p]anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer [q]offered in faith will [r]restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, [s]they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective [t]prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed [u]earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the [v]sky [w]poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that [x]he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

  1. James 4:14 Lit Who do not
  2. James 4:14 Or what will happen tomorrow. What kind of life is yours?
  3. James 4:15 Lit Instead of your saying
  4. James 4:16 Or pretensions
  5. James 4:17 Or good
  6. James 5:4 I.e. Hosts
  7. James 5:5 Lit nourished
  8. James 5:6 Or murdered
  9. James 5:7 Or he
  10. James 5:9 Lit groan
  11. James 5:9 Lit before
  12. James 5:9 Lit doors
  13. James 5:11 Or steadfastness
  14. James 5:11 Lit end of the Lord
  15. James 5:12 Lit yours is to be yes, yes, and no, no
  16. James 5:14 Lit having anointed
  17. James 5:15 Lit of
  18. James 5:15 Or save
  19. James 5:15 Lit it
  20. James 5:16 Lit supplication
  21. James 5:17 Lit with prayer
  22. James 5:18 Lit heaven
  23. James 5:18 Lit gave
  24. James 5:20 Lit he who has turned

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