Wicked rich men are to fear God's vengeance.
James 5:1 Go to nowe ye ryche men. Weepe, and howle on your wretchednes þt shal come vpon you. James 5:2 Youre ryches is corrupte youre garmentes are motheaten. James 5:3 Your gold and your siluer are cankered, & the ruste of them shal be a witnes vnto you, and shall eate your fleshe, as it were fyre. Ye haue heaped treasure together in your laste dayes: James 5:4 Beholde the hyre of the labourers which haue reped doun your fieldes (which hyer is of you kept backe by fraude) crieth: & the cryes of them whiche haue reped, are entred into the eares of the Lorde Sabaoth James 5:5 Ye haue lyued in pleasure on the earth, & in wantonnes. Ye haue norished your hertes, as in a day of slaughter James 5:6 Ye haue condempned, & haue kylled the iuste, & he hath not resisted you.
We ought to be patient in afflictions, after the example of the prophets, and Job:
James 5:7 Be ye pacyente therfore brethren, vnto the commynge of the Lord. Behold the husbande man wayghteth for the precious frute of the earth & hath long pacience therevpon, vntyll he receyue (the early and the latter rayne.) James 5:8 Be ye also pacyent therfor, and setle your hertes, for the commynge of the Lorde draweth nye. James 5:9 Grudge not one agaynst another brethren lest ye be damned. Beholde the iudge standeth before the dore. James 5:10 Take (my brethren) the Prophetes for an ensample of sufferyng aduersitye, & of longe pacience, whiche spake in the name of the Lorde. James 5:11 Beholde we count them happye whiche endure. Ye haue hearde of the pacience of Iob, & haue knowen what ende the Lorde made. For the Lorde is verye pytyfull and mercyfull.
to forbear swearing,
James 5:12 But about al thinges my brethren, sweare not, neyther by heauen, neyther by earth, neyther by anye other othe. Let your yea be yea and youre naye, naye: leaste ye falle into hypocrysye.
to pray in adversity, to sing in prosperity:
James 5:13 Yf any of you be euyll vexed, let hym praye. Yf anye of you be merye, let hym singe Psalmes. James 5:14 Yf anye be deseased amonge you, let hym call for the elders of the congregacyon, and let them praye ouer him, and annoynte hym wyt oyle in the name of þe Lord James 5:15 and the prayer of fayth shall saue þe sicke, & the Lorde shall rayse hym vp: and yf he haue commytted synnes, they shalbe forgeuen him.
to acknowledge mutually our several faults, to pray one for another,
James 5:16 Knoweledge youre fautes one to another; and praye one for another, that ye maye be healed. The prayer of a ryghtuous man auayleth muche yf it be feruente. James 5:17 Helias was a man mortall, euen as we are, and he prayed in hys prayer, that it might not rayne: and it rayned not on the earth by the space of thre yeares & sixe monethes. James 5:18 And he prayed againe, and the heauen gaue rayne, and the earthe broughte forth her frute.
and to reduce a straying brother to the truth.
James 5:19 Brethren yf anye of you erre from þe trueth and an other conuerte hym, James 5:20 let the same know that he which conuerted the synner from goyng astraye out of hys waye, shall saue a soule from death, and shall hyde the multytude of synnes.