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James 5:1–11

Warning to Rich Oppressors

5 Now listen,l you rich people,m weep and wailn because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.o Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.p Look! The wages you failed to pay the workersq who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The criesr of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.s You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselvest in the day of slaughter.a u You have condemned and murderedv the innocent one,w who was not opposing you.

Patience in Suffering

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.x See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waitingy for the autumn and spring rains.z You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s cominga is near.b Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters,c or you will be judged. The Judged is standing at the door!e

10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophetsf who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessedg those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseveranceh and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.i The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.j

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