God’s Judgment on Rich Oppressors
(1) Now listen, you rich oppressors, weep and cry out because of the misery that is coming upon you. (2) Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your fine clothes. (3) Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded your wealth in the last days. (4) Look! The wages you did not pay the workers who harvested your fields are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have been heard by the Lord Almighty. (5) You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in the day of slaughter. (6) You have condemned and murdered the righteous, who did not oppose you.
Be Patient Until the Second Coming of Jesus
(7) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be patient until the second coming of the Lord. Observe how the farmer waits for his land to produce its valuable crop—patiently waiting for the autumn (early) and spring (late) rains. (8) You too, be patient and stand strong, because the coming of the Lord is near.
(9) My brothers and sisters, don’t complain about one another, or you will be judged, The Judge is standing at the door!
(10) My brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, follow the (Old Testament) prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. (11) As you know, we consider as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard about Job’s perseverance and know how the Lord blessed him in the end. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
(12) Above all things, my brothers and sisters, do not promise (pledge) by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you should say is a simple “yes” or “no,” otherwise you will be condemned.
The Prayer of Faith
(13) Is anyone among you in trouble? They should pray. Is anyone happy? They should sing songs of praise. (14) Is anyone among you sick? They should call the church elders to anoint them with oil and pray over them in the name of the Lord. (15) And the prayer given in faith will heal the sick, because the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed sins, they will be forgiven. (16) Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for each other, so that you will be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective—accomplishing great things.
(17) For example, Elijah was a human being as we are, but he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain for three-and-a-half years. (18) Again he prayed and it rained, and the land produced its crops (see 1 Kings 17:1, 18:1).
(19) My brothers and sisters, if a believer should wander from the truth and someone helps them come back to God, (20) remember this: whoever turns a sinner from the errors of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.