The General Epistle of James

October 25, 2022

12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay;“. That’s good advice in any conversation; some people seem to require a lot of words and sometimes, as they go on and on and on, they’ve managed to undo any good they started with.

Someone dear to me used to correct his children – he’d tell them what they did wrong and that they shouldn’t do it again. If he’d stayed with that, he’d have been happier. But he would go on and on and if you watched, you could see the kids’ eyes glazing over and you knew they were no longer listening. I know it’s funny but I felt badly for the father. He simply couldn’t understand that his yea should be yea and his nay, nay.


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