James 1:10
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New International Version
But the rich should take pride in their humiliation--since they will pass away like a wild flower.

New Living Translation
And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field.

English Standard Version
and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.

Berean Study Bible
But the one who is rich should exult in his low position, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.

Berean Literal Bible
and he who is rich, in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a flower of grass.

New American Standard Bible
and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.

King James Bible
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but the one who is rich should boast in his humiliation because he will pass away like a flower of the field.

International Standard Version
and a rich person in his having been humbled, because he will fade away like a wild flower.

NET Bible
But the rich person's pride should be in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a wildflower in the meadow.

New Heart English Bible
and the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the rich man in his humiliation, because as a blossom of the grass, so he passes away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rich believers should be proud because being rich should make them humble. Rich people will wither like flowers.

New American Standard 1977
and let the rich man glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he who is rich, in his low status, because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

King James 2000 Bible
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

American King James Version
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

American Standard Version
and the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the rich, in his being low; because as the flower of the grass shall he pass away.

Darby Bible Translation
and the rich in his humiliation, because as [the] grass's flower he will pass away.

English Revised Version
and the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

Weymouth New Testament
but a rich man should rejoice in being brought low, for like flowers among the herbage rich men will pass away.

World English Bible
and the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away.

Young's Literal Translation
and the rich in his becoming low, because as a flower of grass he shall pass away;
Study Bible
Rejoicing in Trials
9The brother in humble circumstances should exult in his high position. 10But the one who is rich should exult in his low position, because he will pass away like a flower of the field. 11For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its flower falls and its beauty is lost. So too, the rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.…
Cross References
Job 14:2
"Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

Psalm 39:6
"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Psalm 103:15
As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.

Matthew 6:30
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

1 Corinthians 7:31
and those who use the things of this world, as if not dependent on them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

1 Peter 1:24
For, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
Treasury of Scripture

But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

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Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

because.

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …

Job 14:2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a …

Psalm 37:2,35,36 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb…

Psalm 90:5,6 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the …

Psalm 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.

Psalm 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

Isaiah 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is …

Matthew 6:30 Why, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and …

1 Corinthians 7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion …

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower …

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does …

(10) But the rich, in that he is made low (or, better, in his humiliation).--And, on the other hand, let a change of state be a cause of joy to the rich man, hard though the effort thereto must confessedly be.

There is an antithesis between his humiliation and the humility of "the brother of low degree:" "God putteth down one, and setteth up another" (Psalm 75:7). Such seems to be the primary meaning of this passage, though, doubtless, there is a more spiritual significance underlying, which would teach the poorest that he may be "rich toward God," and win from the most wealthy the acknowledgment of his deep poverty beside the Lord of all "good treasure" (Deuteronomy 28:12). "I know thy poverty," said the Spirit unto the Church in Smyrna, "but thou art rich" (Revelation 2:9); and to the Laodiceans, "Thou sayest, I am rich . . ., but thou art poor" (Revelation 3:17).

Because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.--No more simple and striking simile of human instability and vanity can be found than "the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven" (Matthew 6:30); and the thought suggests a picture to the mind of the writer, which he draws with strong and yet most tender lines. Our English version misses the setting of his graceful idyl, the exquisite beauty of which can hardly be transferred from the Greek; but the following attempt is at least nearer the original:--

But the rich, in that he is made low,.... That is, the rich brother; for there were rich men in the churches in those times, and which James often takes notice of in this epistle. Such an one should rejoice or glory in his lowness, or low estate; in the consideration of the low estate, out of which he was raised, by the good providence of God, and was not owing to any merit of his; and in the low estate into which he may be at present reduced, through the violence of persecution being stripped of all his riches for Christ's sake, of which he might make his boast, and count it his greatest glory; or in that low estate he may quickly expect he shall be brought into, either in the above manner, or by some calamity or another, and at least by death, which will put him upon a level with others: or this may have respect to the temper of his mind, which he has, through the grace of God, and the station he is in, in the church of God, being a brother, and no more than a brother, and upon an equal foot with the meanest member in it; and which yet is matter of rejoicing, that he is one, and that he is so blessed with the grace of humility, as not to lift up himself above others, not to mind high things, but to condescend to men of low estate; and such a deportment the apostle exhorts rich saints unto, from the consideration of the instability and inconstancy of worldly riches.

Because, as the flower of the grass he shall pass away; shortly, and suddenly; either he himself by death, or his riches at death, or before, and therefore are not to be gloried in; nor should the possessors of them be proud and haughty and elate themselves with them, but should behave humbly and modestly to their fellow creatures and Christians, as knowing that in a short time they will all be upon a par, or in an equal state; See Job 14:2. The metaphor here used is enlarged upon in the following verse, for the further illustration of the fickleness, perishing, and transitory nature of earthly enjoyments. 10. So far as one is merely "rich" in worldly goods, "he shall pass away"; in so far as his predominant character is that of a "brother," he "abideth for ever" (1Jo 2:17). This view meets all Alford's objections to regarding "the rich" here as a "brother" at all. To avoid making the rich a brother, he translates, "But the rich glories in his humiliation," namely, in that which is really his debasement (his rich state, Php 3:19), just as the low is told to rejoice in what is really his exaltation (his lowly state).1:1-11 Christianity teaches men to be joyful under troubles: such exercises are sent from God's love; and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now, and our crown at last. Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, To any that asketh, it shall be given. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions. When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be unsteadiness in our words and actions. This may not always expose men to contempt in the world, but such ways cannot please God. No condition of life is such as to hinder rejoicing in God. Those of low degree may rejoice, if they are exalted to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom of God; and the rich may rejoice in humbling providences, that lead to a humble and lowly disposition of mind. Worldly wealth is a withering thing. Then, let him that is rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble; and in the trials and exercises which teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from perishing enjoyments.
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