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James 5

Wicked rich men are to fear God's vengeance.

James 5:1 Goo to now ye riche men. Wepe, and howle on yor wretchednes that shal come vpon you. James 5:2 Youre riches is corrupte, youre garmetes are motheaten. James 5:3 Youre golde & yor siluer are cancred, & the rust of them shalbe a witnes vnto you, & shal eate youre flesshe, as it were fyre. Ye haue heaped treasure togedder in yor last dayes: James 5:4 Beholde, the hyre of the labourers which haue reped downe youre feldes (which hyer is of you kept backe by fraude) cryeth: and the cryes of the which haue reped, are entred in to the eares of the LORDE Sabaoth. James 5:5 Ye haue liued in pleasure on the earth and in wantannes. Ye haue norysshed youre hertes, as in a daye of slaughter. James 5:6 Ye haue codempned and haue killed the iust, and he hath not resisted you.

We ought to be patient in afflictions, after the example of the prophets, and Job:

James 5:7 Be pacient therfore brethren, vnto the comynge of the LORDE. Beholde, the hussbade man wayteth for the precious frute of ye earth, and hath longe pacience there vpon, vntill he receaue the erly and the latter rayne. James 5:8 Be ye also pacient therfore, and settle youre hertes, for the commynge of the LORDE draweth nye. James 5:9 Grodge not one agaynst another brethren, lest ye be damned. Beholde, the iudge stondeth before the dore. James 5:10 Take (my brethren) the prophetes for an ensample of sufferynge aduersitie, and of longe pacience, which spake in the name of the LORDE. James 5:11 Beholde we counte them happy which endure. Ye haue hearde of ye paciece of Iob, and haue knowen what ende the LORDE made. For the LORDE is very pitifull and mercifull.

to forbear swearing,

James 5:12 But aboue all thinges my brethre, sweare not, nether by heaue, nether by earth, nether by eny other othe. Let youre ye be ye, and yor naye naye: lest ye faule in to ypocricy.

to pray in adversity, to sing in prosperity:

James 5:13 Yf eny of you be euell vexed, let hi praye. Yf eny of you be mery, let him singe Psalmes. James 5:14 Yf eny be deseased amonge you, let him call for the elders of the congregacion, & let the praye ouer him, and anoynte him with oyle in the name of the LORDE: James 5:15 and ye prayer of faith shal saue the sicke, and the LORDE shal rayse him vp: and yf he haue comitted synnes, they shalbe forgeuen him.

to acknowledge mutually our several faults, to pray one for another,

James 5:16 Knowlege youre fautes one to another: and praye one for another, that ye maye be healed. The prayer of a righteous man auayleth moche, yf it be feruet. James 5:17 Helias was a ma mortall euen as we are, and he prayed in his prayer, that it might not rayne: & it rayned not on the earth by the space of thre yeares and sixe monethes. James 5:18 And he prayed agayne, and ye heaue gaue rayne, & ye earth brought forth her frute.

and to reduce a straying brother to the truth.

James 5:19 Brethren, yf eny of you erre fro the trueth and another conuert him, James 5:20 let ye same knowe that he which conuerted the synner from goynge astraye out off his waye, shal saue a soule fro death, and shal hyde the multitude of synnes.

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