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You Also, Be Patient

Scripture readings:

James 5:7–11

Be patient, therefore, brothers, 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 the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

Psalm 30

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. 

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. 
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. 
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; 
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. 

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. 
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. 

As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” 
By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong; 
you hid your face; I was dismayed. 

To you, O Lord, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy: 
“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? 
Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? 
Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!” 

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; 
you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. 
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016).

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