Diagramed


1  Come now,
       you rich,
       weep, and howl
            over the miseries coming upon you.
2  Your riches have rotted
       and your garments have become moth eaten.
3  Your gold and silver have rusted,
       and their rust
            will be a testimony against you
                 and will eat your flesh like fire.
    In the last days,
       you have accumulated treasure.
4  Behold,
    the pay of the workers
       who harvested your fields,
       which has been withheld
            by you,
       cries out,
            and the outcry of the harvesters
                 has reached the ears
                      of the Lord of Saboath.
5  You have lived luxuriously on the earth,
        and have indulged yourselves.
    You have fattened your hearts
        in a day of slaughter.
6  You condemned and killed the righteous man.
       He does not resist you.
                                

                                                                                                                                   James 5:1-6

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                                                     Chapter Five


In this chapter, James is saying that the judgment of God will come upon all those who oppress the poor. He’s trying to show them how bad their sin is and how foolish they are in the sight of God. And of course, he also tells them how bad their punishment will be.

With all of that in mind, James is asking the faithful to be patient during their trials and sufferings.

James also tells us that the swearing of oaths to anything or anyone is wrong.

We are told how to act in both the good times and the bad times.

He tells us how to pray for the sick by anointing them with oil.

He tells all Christians that we are to admit our faults to each other and pray for each other because fervent prayer is always honored.

Then we’re told to do whatever we can to bring back anyone who strays from God’s truth.

Words to study


weep – weep, mourn, lament, cry, show emotion

howl –
cry out with a loud voice, wail, lament aloud (can be for joy too though)​

riches –
wealth, riches, abundance


rotted – to corrupt, rotted​

garments –
the upper garment, the cloak or mantle (cape) and tunic (longer)


last days –
literal in definition but meaning the end of the world and judgment day


fattened –
feed, nurture, bring up​

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Notes:


James is attacking the worthlessness of riches, not the worthlessness of the rich.

Matthew 19:23-24, Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you: It will be difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

Today’s money will be worthless when Christ returns, so we should spend our time accumulating the kind of treasures that will be worthwhile in God’s Kingdom.

Money is not the problem. It’s the love of money that leads to evil and causes some people to oppress others in order to get more.

This is a warning to all Christians who are tempted to adopt worldly standards rather than God’s standards as well as an encouragement to all those who are oppressed by the rich.


Verse 1


I think James is saying that they may be rich now but a time is coming when it will all be destroyed.

Another thing: Like the rich man in Luke 12:20, But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” 


Verse 2


This verse doesn’t refer to gold or silver which can’t rot. It refers to all the grain, wine and oil they have stored up. Again like Luke 12.


Verse 3


It will all be held against them on the day of judgment.

That last sentence is basically saying, “That’s what you think!”


​Verse 4


What it really means is, ‘Look out!’ or ‘Danger!’

James is getting into a different area, one of fraud and even persecution.


Verse 5


You may have it now but you’re going to get yours on that day.


Verse 6


Now James is getting to the worst of his complaints against the rich.
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​​                                                                                        James The Easy Study Bible Commentary

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Greek Paraphrase 

 

Come now, rich people, weep in mourning and howl over the miseries that are overtaking you! Your riches have rotted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their poison will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have stored up treasure in the last days. Behold! The pay you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields, cry out and the cries of the harvesters have been heard by the Lord of Hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and indulgence. You have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous who do not resist you.

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                    James 5:1-6

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 1 Come now, you rich, weep, and howl over the miseries coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be a testimony against you and will eat your flesh like fire. In the last days, you have accumulated treasure. 4 Behold, the pay of the workers who harvested your fields, which has been withheld by you, cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have lived luxuriously on the earth, and have indulged yourselves. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You condemned and killed the righteous man. He does not resist you.


 
                                                                                                                                    
James 5:1-6

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