James 5 New International Version (NIV)
Warning to Rich Oppressors
5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 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. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[a] 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
Patience in Suffering
7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
The Prayer of Faith
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
Proverbs 16-18 New International Version (NIV)
16 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
7 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
8 Better a little with righteousness
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
18 Pride goes before destruction,
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
25 There is a way that appears to be right,
26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
27 A scoundrel plots evil,
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
13 Evil will never leave the house
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
17 A friend loves at all times,
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
9 One who is slack in his work
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
13 To answer before listening—
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
16 A gift opens the way
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
23 The poor plead for mercy,
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
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