Wicked rich men are to fear God's vengeance.
James 5:1 Goe to now, yee rich men, weepe and howle for your miseries that shall come vpon you. James 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments motheaten: James 5:3 Your gold and siluer is cankered, and the rust of them shall bee a witnesse against you, and shall eate your flesh as it were fire: ye haue heaped treasure together for the last dayes. James 5:4 Beholde, the hire of the labourers which haue reaped downe your fieldes, which is of you kept backe by fraud, cryeth: and the cryes of them which haue reaped, are entred into the eares of the Lord of Sabaoth. James 5:5 Yee haue liued in pleasure on the earth, and bene wanton: ye haue nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter: James 5:6 Yee haue condemned, [and] killed the iust, [and] he doth not resist you.
We ought to be patient in afflictions, after the example of the prophets, and Job:
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, vnto the comming of the Lord: behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, vntill hee receiue the early and latter raine. James 5:8 Be yee also patient; stablish your hearts: for the comming of the Lorde draweth nigh. James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the Iudge standeth before the doore. James 5:10 Take, my brethren, the Prophets, who haue spoken in the Name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. James 5:11 Beholde, wee count them happie which endure. Ye haue heard of the patience of Iob, and haue seene the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitifull and of tender mercie.
to forbear swearing,
James 5:12 But aboue all things, my brethren, sweare not, neither by heauen, neither by the earth, neither by any other othe: but let your yea, be yea, and your nay, nay: lest yee fall into condemnation.
to pray in adversity, to sing in prosperity:
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing Psalmes. James 5:14 Is any sicke among you? let him call for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray ouer him, anointing him with oyle in the Name of the Lord: James 5:15 And the prayer of Faith shall saue the sicke, and the Lord shall raise him vp: and if hee haue committed sinnes, they shall be forgiuen him.
to acknowledge mutually our several faults, to pray one for another,
James 5:16 Confesse your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that yee may bee healed: the effectuall feruent prayer of a righteous man auaileth much. James 5:17 Elias was a man subiect to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not raine: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three yeeres and sixe monethes. James 5:18 And hee prayed againe, and the heauen gaue raine, and the earth brought foorth her fruit.
and to reduce a straying brother to the truth.
James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you doe erre from the trueth, and one conuert him, James 5:20 Let him know, that hee which conuerteth the sinner from the errour of his way, shall saue a soule from death, and shall hide a multitude of sinnes.