Modern Literal Version

[James 5]

     5:1 Proceed on now you rich, weep*, howling in your* miseries, in those which are coming upon you*. 5:2 Your* riches have rotted and your* garments have become moth-eaten. 5:3 Your*gold and silver have been tarnished, and their tarnish will be *for a testimony against you* and will be eating your* flesh like fire. You*have stored up treasure in your*last days. 5:4 Behold, the wages of the workers who mowed your* farmlands, the wages which have been defrauded from{i.e. by} you*, are crying out against you* and the cries of those who reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Hosts. 5:5 You* caroused upon the land and were self-indulgent; you*nourished your* hearts as in a day of slaughter. 5:6 You* sentenced others, you* murdered the righteous; there is no resisting evil in you*.

     5:7 Therefore brethren, have* patience until the presence of the Lord. Behold, the farmer is waiting for the precious fruit of the earth, having patience over it, until it should receive themorning and evening rainfall. 5:8 You* also, have* patience; establish* your* hearts, because the presence of the Lord has drawn near. 5:9 Brethren, do* not groan against one another, in order that you* may not be judged. Behold, the judge stands before the doors.

     5:10 My brethren, take*as an example of suffering evil treatment and of patience the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 5:11 Behold, we esteem those fortunate who are enduring. You* heard of the endurance of Job and saw the end of the Lord, behold* that he is very affectionate and compassionate. {Job 1:21-22, 42:1-17}

     5:12 My brethren, but before all things, do* not swear, neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath, but let your* yes be yes and your* no be no; in order that you* may not fall into hypocrisy.

     5:13 Is anyone among you* suffering evil treatment? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing-praise. 5:14 Is anyone among you* sick? Let him invite the elders of the congregation*, and let* them pray over him, having anointed him with oil in the name of the Lord. 5:15 And the vow of the faith will save the one who is weary and the Lord will lift him up, even if he has practiced sins, it will be forgiven him.

     5:16 Therefore confess* your* trespasses to one another, and pray* on behalf of one another,*that you* may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man prevails; much in its working. 5:17Elijah was a man of like-feelings to us and he prayed with much prayer that it might not rain, and it did not rain upon the land for three years and six months. 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rainfall and the land sprouted her fruit. {1Ki 17:1, 18:41}

     5:19 Brethren, if anyone among you* are misled from the truth and someone should return himto it; 5:20 let him know, that he who has turned a sinner from the error of his way will be saving a soul from death and will be hiding a multitude of sins.

     {NOTES: You should read the 'Definitions' Section and other non-bible sections.}

{{ Introduction to 1 Peter 64-65 AD

    Peter shows us the blessings of Christianity, Christian suffering and service, our relationships in the congregation and world, Christian attributes and how to grow in them, what to expect from false teachers, and the second coming of Christ. Many times, it is back and forth, commands 'do this' and 'don't do this' or 'be this' and 'do not be this.' This is a letter of hope in the midst of suffering persecution from the Jews, and the Roman government under Nero and the intended readers are primarily Gentile Christians. It was written from Babylon. This letter, like much of the teaching of the congregations at that time, was very much concerned with the second coming of Christ. The believers needed to be assured they were right in Christ and no other.}}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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