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James 5

1 Come now, O rich, [your] sins are upon you. Come now, O rich, weep crying out over your approaching misery. 2 Your riches are becoming corrupt and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver may become tarnished and its rust will be for [a] witness to you and will consume your flesh like fire. 4 You stored up treasure in [the] last days. Behold the wage of the [ones] working, mowing your land, the [one] having been kept back by you, cries out; and the shout of those having reaped has entered into the ear of [the] Lord of sabaoth. 5 You caroused upon the land and lived riotously, you nourished your hearts in [the] day of slaughter. 6 You condemned, you murdered the just, he does not resist you. 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman awaits the precious fruit of the land, being patient upon it until it receive early rain and late rain. 8 You also be patient, make fast your hearts, because the coming of [the] Lord has come near.

9 Be not groaning, brothers, against one another in order that you not be judged. 10 Behold the judge stands before the door. Receive [my] example, brothers, of the evil-suffering and the patience [of] the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold we consider blessed those having endured. Hear the patience of Job and the purpose of [the] Lord. You know that the Lord is very pitying and merciful. 12 But before all, my brothers, do not be swearing, neither by heaven nor [the] land nor any other oath; but [of you], let your yes be yes and [your] no no, that you not fall under judgment.

13 Does anyone suffer evil among you? Let1 him be praying. Is anyone of good cheer? Let1 him be singing. Is anyone among you sick? 14 Let1 him call forth the elders of the assembly2 , and let1 them pray over him, having anointed [him] with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the ill [one], and the Lord will raise him. 16 And if he have committed sin, it shall be forgiven him. The prayer of [a] just man is very strong being energized. 17 Therefore confess [you] sins to one another, and be praying for one another, that you be healed. Elijah was [a] man like in every way to us, and he prayed with prayer that it not rain, and it did not rain upon the land three years and six months. 18 And again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth yielded its fruit.

19 My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth and anyone turns him back, 20 be knowing this, that the [one] having turned [a] sinner out of [the] error of his way will save his psyche-life3 from death, and will cover [a] multitude of sins.


2EKKLESIA (εκκλησια) from "called out". Appears 114 times in the N.T., but only in two places in the Gospels ( Matt.16:18 (twice) and Matt.18:17 (twice)). It's worth noting that when Jesus uses the term EKKLESIA, Christian community as we know it didn't yet exist—there were only the disciples. EKKLESIA is apparently different from 'synagogue' (SYNAGOGE (συναγωγη) which occurs 56 times in the N.T.) EKKLESIA is used in secular Greek literature of a popular assembly 'called to assemble', and also of those 'called' to a cult. EKKLESIA is used frequently in the N.T. outside of the Gospels to refer to Christian communities, but in Acts.7:38 it is used of the people of Israel led through the desert by Moses, and in Acts.19:32 ff. of a secular assembly. Thus, all told, the common translation of EKKLESIA as 'church' doesn't really reflect 1st century usage—it seems to mean more like 'a group of people assembled for some specific purpose'.

3from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.