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James 5

Wicked rich men are to fear God's vengeance.

James 5:1 Go to now ye ryche men. Wepe, and howle on your wretchednes þt shal come vpon you. James 5:2 Your riches is corrupte, your garmentes are motheaten, James 5:3 Youre golde & syluer is cankred, and the rust of the shalbe a wytnes vnto you, & shall eate youre flesshe as it were fyre. Ye haue heaped treasure together in your last dayes: James 5:4 Beholde þe hyre of labourers which haue reaped downe youre feldes (which hyre is of you kept backe by fraude) cryeth: & the cryes of them which haue reaped, are entred in to þe eares of þe Lord Sabaoth. James 5:5 Ye haue lyued in pleasure on the erthe, & bene wantan. Ye haue norysshed youre hertes, as in a daye of slaughter. James 5:6 Ye haue condempned and kylled 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 þe commynge of þe Lord. Beholde, þe husbande man wayteth for þe precyous frute of the earth, & hath longe pacience ther vpon, vntyll he receaue þe early & the latter rayne. James 5:8 Be ye also pacient therfore, and settle youre hertes, for the commynge of þe Lorde draweth nye. James 5:9 Grudge not one agaynst another brethren lest ye be damned. Beholde, þe iudge standeth before the dore. James 5:10 Take (my brethren) þe Prophetes for an ensample of sufferinge aduersytie, and of pacience, which spake in þe name of the Lorde. James 5:11 Beholde, we counte them happy which endure. Ye haue heard of the pacience of Iob, and haue knowen what ende the Lorde made. For the Lord is very pitiefull and mercyfull.

to forbear swearing,

James 5:12 But aboue all thynges my brethren sweare not, nether by heuen, nether by earth, nether eny other othe. Let your yee be yee, and your naye naye: lest ye fall into ypocrisy,

to pray in adversity, to sing in prosperity:

James 5:13 If any of you be vexed, let him praye. If eny of you be mery, let him synge Psalmes. James 5:14 If eny be diseased amonge you, let hym call for the elders of the congregacyon, and let them praye ouer him, & anoynte him with oyle in the name of the Lorde, James 5:15 and the prayer of fayth shall saue the sycke, and the Lord shal rayse him vp: and yf he haue commytted synnes, they shalbe forgeuen hym.

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

James 5:16 Knowledge youre fautes one to another: and praye one for another, þt ye maye be healed. For the feruent prayer of a ryghteous man auayleth moch. James 5:17 Helyas was a man vnder infirmitees euen as we are, and he prayed in his prayer that it myght not rayne: and it rayned not on the earthe by þe space of thre yeares & syxe monethes. James 5:18 And he prayed agayne, and the heauen gaue rayne, and the earth brought forth her frute.

and to reduce a straying brother to the truth.

James 5:19 Brethren, yf eny of you do erre from the trueth and another conuert hym, James 5:20 let the same knowe that he which conuerteth the synner from goyng a straye out of hys waye, shall saue a soule from deeth, and shal hyde the multitude of synnes.

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