1 aCome now, byou rich, cweep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2 aYour riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3 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 ain the last days that you have stored up your treasure! 4 Behold, athe pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and bthe outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of cthe Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have alived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in ba day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and aput to death bthe righteous man; he does not resist you. 7 Therefore be patient, abrethren, buntil the coming of the Lord. cThe farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets dthe early and late rains. 8 aYou too be patient; bstrengthen your hearts, for cthe coming of the Lord is dnear. 9 aDo not complain, bbrethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, cthe Judge is standing dright at the door. 10 As an example, abrethren, of suffering and patience, take bthe prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We count those ablessed who endured. You have heard of bthe endurance of Job and have seen cthe outcome of the Lord's dealings, that dthe Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. 12 But above all, amy brethren, bdo not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. 13 Is anyone among you asuffering? bThen he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to csing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for athe elders of the church and they are to pray over him, banointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the aprayer offered in faith will brestore the one who is sick, and the Lord will craise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, aconfess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be bhealed. cThe effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was aa man with a nature like ours, and bhe prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for cthree years and six months. 18 Then he aprayed again, and bthe sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. 19 My brethren, aif any among you strays from bthe truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will asave his soul from death and will bcover a multitude of sins.