1 Come now, rich men, weep and lament for the miseries which are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have decayed, and your garments are moth-eaten, 3 your gold and silver are destroyed with rust, and their rust will be a witness against you, and consume your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasures for the last days. 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who harvested your fields, kept back by you, cry, and the loud calls of the reapers have entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 You have lived in luxury on the earth and in pleasure, you have nourished your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed the just, and he does not resist you.
7 Wait patiently therefore, brothers, till the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and is of long patience, till he receives the autumnal and vernal rain. 8 Do you also have long patience, confirm your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
9 Complain not, brothers, against one another, that you be not judged; behold, the judge stands before the doors.
10 You have the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord, my brothers, as an example of patience and long-suffering. 11 Behold, we account them blessed who are patient. You have heard of the patience of Job, and you know the purpose of the Lord, that he is very merciful and compassionate.
12 Above all things, my brothers, swear not, neither by heaven, nor the earth, nor any other oath. But let your yes be yes, and your no, no, that you may not fall under condemnation.
13 If any one among you is afflicted, let him pray; if any one is happy, let him sing psalms; 14 if any one is sick among you, let him send for the elders of the church, and let them pray for him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be cured, for the prayer of the righteous operates with great power. 17 Elijah was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed that it might not rain, and it rained not on the land for three years and six months; 18 and again he prayed, and heaven gave rain, and the earth yielded her fruit.