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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

 

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Pride Promotes Strife

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1 Where do 1wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure athat war in your members?
2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and 1war. 2Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
3 aYou ask and do not receive, bbecause you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
4 1Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that afriendship with the world is enmity with God? bWhoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, a“The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

a“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Humility Cures Worldliness

7 Therefore submit to God. aResist the devil and he will flee from you.
8 aDraw near to God and He will draw near to you. bCleanse your hands, you sinners; and cpurify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 aLament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 aHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Do Not Judge a Brother

11 aDo not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother band judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
12 There is one 1Lawgiver, awho is able to save and to destroy. bWho2 are you to judge 3another?

Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow 1we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? aIt is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aRom. 7:23
1battles
2 1battle 2NU,
M omit Yet
3 aJob 27:8, 9
b[Ps. 66:18] 4 a1 John 2:15
bGal. 1:4 1NU
omits Adulterers
and
5 aGen. 6:5
6 aProv. 3:34
7 a[Eph. 4:27;
6:11] 8 a2 Chr. 15:2
bIs. 1:16
c1 Pet. 1:22
9 aMatt. 5:4
10 aJob 22:29
11 a1 Pet. 2:1–3
b[Matt. 7:1–5] 12 a[Matt.
10:28] bRom.
14:4 1NU adds
and Judge
2NU, M But
who 3NU a
neighbor
13 1M let us
14 aJob 7:7
15 aActs 18:21
16 a1 Cor. 5:6
17 a[Luke
12:47]

CHAPTER 5 References

1 a[Luke 6:24] 2 aMatt. 6:19
bJob 13:28
1have rotted
3 aRom. 2:5
4 aLev. 19:13
bDeut. 24:15
1Lit., in Heb.,
Hosts
5 1indulgence
2Lit. nourished
3NU
omits as
8 1has drawn
near
9 1Lit. groan
2NU, M
judged
10 aMatt. 5:12
bHeb. 10:36
11 a[Ps. 94:12] b[James 1:12] cJob 1:21, 22;
2:10 dJob
42:10 eNum.
14:18
12 aMatt.
5:34–37 1M
hypocrisy
13 aPs. 50:14,
15 bEph. 5:19

JAMES 5:14

15 Instead you ought to say, a“If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
16 But now you boast in your arrogance. aAll such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, ato him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged

5

1 Come now, you arich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!
2 Your ariches 1are corrupted, and byour garments are moth-eaten.
3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. aYou have heaped up treasure in the last days.
4 Indeed athe wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and bthe cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of 1Sabaoth.
5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and 1luxury; you have 2fattened your hearts 3as in a day of slaughter.
6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

Be Patient and Persevering

7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord 1is at hand.
9 Do not 1grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be 2condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
10 aMy brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and bpatience.
11 Indeed awe count them blessed who bendure. You have heard of cthe perseverance of Job and seen dthe end intended by the Lord—that ethe Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
12 But above all, my brethren, ado not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into 1judgment.

Meeting Specific Needs

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him apray. Is anyone cheerful? bLet him sing psalms.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him,

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JAMES 5:15

aanointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. aAnd if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16 1Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. aThe effective, 2fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
17 Elijah was a man awith a nature like ours, and bhe prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not

14 aMark 6:13;
16:18
15 aIs. 33:24
16 aNum. 11:2
1NU Therefore
confess
your sins
2supplication
17 aActs 14:15
b1 Kin. 17:1;
18:1
18 a1 Kin.
18:1, 42
19 aGal. 6:1
20 aRom. 11:14
b[1 Pet. 4:8] 1NU his soul

rain on the land for three years and six months.
18 And he prayed aagain, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

Bring Back the Erring One

19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone aturns him back,
20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way awill save 1a soul from death and bcover a multitude of sins.

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PSALM 32

The Joy of Forgiveness

A Psalm of David. A 1Contemplation.

1 BLESSED is he whose atransgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD adoes not 1impute iniquity, And bin whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your ahand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. aI said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

PSALM 32 References

title 1Heb.
Maschil
1 a[Ps. 85:2;
103:3]; Rom.
4:7, 8
2 a[2 Cor. 5:19] bJohn 1:47
1charge his
account with
4 a1 Sam. 5:6;
Ps. 38:2; 39:10
5 a2 Sam.
12:13; Ps.
38:18; [Prov.
28:13; 1 John
1:9] 6 a[1 Tim.
1:16] bPs.
69:13; Is. 55:6
7 aPs. 9:9 bEx.
15:1; Judg.
5:1; [Ps. 40:3] 9 aProv. 26:3
10 aPs. 16:4;
[Prov. 13:21;
Rom. 2:9] b[Ps. 5:11, 12];
Prov. 16:20
11 aPs. 64:10;
68:3; 97:12

6 aFor this cause everyone who is godly shall bpray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him.
7 aYou are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with bsongs of deliverance. Selah

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the ahorse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.

10 aMany sorrows shall be to the wicked; But bhe who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
11 aBe glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

 
 

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