Ya’akov 5 – יעקב ה


1O, You rich men, weep and howl for the miseries which shall come upon you!  2Your riches are destroyed and rotted, and your garments are moth-eaten.  3Your gold and silver are tarnished, and the rust of them will be a testimony against you, and will eat your flesh. The treasures which you have heaped together will be as fire to you for the Akharit HaYamim.  4Behold, the wage of the laborers who have reaped your fields, that which you have fraudulently kept back cries;  and the cry  of the reapers has already entered into the ears of יהוה  Tzeva’ot.  5For you have had your luxuries on earth and have been greedy; you have fed your bodies as for the day of slaughter.  6You have condemned and murdered HaTzadik, and yet he does not resist you.  

7But my brethren, be patient until the coming of  יהוה , just as the husbandman waits for the precious crop of his field, and has long patience for it, until he receives the early and the latter rain.  8You be patient also; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of Adoneinu is at hand.  

9Complain not one against another, my brethren, lest you be condemned; for behold, judgment is at hand.  10My brethren, take the Nevi’im who have spoken in the Name of  יהוה  for an example of patience in your suffering.  11Behold, we count them happy who endure.  You have heard of the patience of Iyov, and you have seen what  יהוה  did for him at the end; for  יהוה  is very merciful and gracious.  12But above all things, my brethren, do not swear, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath; but let your words be yes, yes, and no, no, lest you fall under condemnation.  

13If any among you is afflicted, let him pray.  If any is merry, let him sing.  14And if any is sick, let him call for the Z’kenim of the congregation, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of Adoneinu: 15and the prayer of absolute trust shall heal the sick, and Adoneinu shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a tzadik is powerful.  17Even Eli-Yahu, who was a weak man like ourselves, prayed earnestly that it might not rain upon the land, and it did not rain for three years and six months.  18And he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain and the earth brought forth her fruits.  19My brethren, if any of you do err from the Derekh HaEmet, and some one turns him from his error, 20let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way shall save his soul from Mavet, and shall wipe out a multitude of sins.

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