Psalm 89:1–19; James 4:13–5:11

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord

A Maskil1 of hEthan the Ezrahite.

89  iI will sing of jthe steadfast love of the Lord, forever;

with my mouth I will make known your kfaithfulness to all generations.

For I said, jSteadfast love will be built up forever;

in the heavens lyou will establish your kfaithfulness.

You have said, I have made ma covenant with my nchosen one;

I have osworn to David my servant:

I will establish your poffspring forever,

and build your qthrone for all generations. Selah

Let rthe heavens praise your swonders, O Lord,

your faithfulness in the assembly of tthe holy ones!

For uwho in the skies can be compared to the Lord?

uWho among the heavenly beings2 is like the Lord,

a God greatly vto be feared in the council of tthe holy ones,

and awesome above all wwho are around him?

O Lord God of hosts,

xwho is mighty as you are, O yLord,

with your faithfulness all around you?

You rule the raging of the sea;

when its waves rise, you zstill them.

10  You acrushed bRahab like a carcass;

you cscattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

11  dThe heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;

ethe world and all that is in it, you have ffounded them.

12  gThe north and the south, you have created them;

hTabor and iHermon jjoyously praise your name.

13  You have a mighty arm;

strong is your hand, high your right hand.

14  kRighteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

lsteadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

15  Blessed are the people who know mthe festal shout,

who walk, O Lord, in nthe light of your face,

16  who exult in your oname all the day

and in your righteousness are pexalted.

17  For you are qthe glory of their strength;

by your favor our rhorn is exalted.

18  For our sshield belongs to the Lord,

our king to tthe Holy One of Israel.

19  uOf old you spoke in a vision to your godly one,3 and said:

I have vgranted help to one who is wmighty;

I have exalted one xchosen from the people.


Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, sToday or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For tyou are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, uIf the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. vAll such boasting is evil. 17 wSo whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Warning to the Rich

Come now, xyou rich, weep and howl for the ymiseries that are coming upon you. zYour riches have rotted and zyour garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. aYou have laid up treasure bin the last days. Behold, cthe wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and dthe cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of ethe Lord of hosts. fYou have lived on the earth in luxury and gin self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in ha day of slaughter. You have condemned and imurdered jthe righteous person. He does not resist you.

Patience in Suffering

Be patient, therefore, brothers,1 until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives kthe early and the late rains. You also, be patient. lEstablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord mis at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, nso that you may not be judged; behold, othe Judge is standing pat the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take qthe prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of rthe steadfastness of Job, and you have seen sthe purpose of the Lord, how tthe Lord is compassionate and merciful.