8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. 11 Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. He who speaks against a fellow believer or judges a fellow believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. 12 But there is only one who is lawgiver and judge—the one who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor? 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”14You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes.15You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” 16But as it is, you boast about your arrogant plans. All such boasting is evil.17So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.
Date: 80-90 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
13 Then someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But Jesus said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop,17so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.19And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’21So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”