Warning to the Rich

James 5

1 Come now, you a rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your b riches 1 are corrupted, and c your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. d You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed e the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and f the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of 2 Sabaoth. 5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and 3 luxury; you have 4 fattened your hearts 5 as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:28
    He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
    Luke 6:24
    But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
    1 Timothy 6:9
    But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
  2. Cross References
    Jeremiah 17:11
    " As a partridge that broods but does not hatch, So is he who gets riches, but not by right; It will leave him in the midst of his days, And at his end he will be a fool."
    Matthew 6:19
    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
  3. Cross References
    Job 13:28
    Man decays like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 2:5
    But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.
  5. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:13
    You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.
    Job 24:10
    They cause the poor to go naked, without clothing; And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
    Jeremiah 22:13
    Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness And his chambers by injustice, Who uses his neighbor's service without wages And gives him nothing for his work.
    Malachi 3:5
    And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien - Because they do not fear Me," Says the LORD of hosts.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 2:23
    Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.
    Deuteronomy 24:15
    Each day you shall give him his wages, and not let the sun go down on it, for he is poor and has set his heart on it; lest he cry out against you to the LORD, and it be sin to you.
    Job 31:38
    If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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