James 5:1
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New International Version
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.

New Living Translation
Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.

English Standard Version
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.

New American Standard Bible
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.

King James Bible
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Come now, you rich people! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you.

International Standard Version
Now listen, you rich people! Cry and moan over the miseries that are overtaking you.

NET Bible
Come now, you rich! Weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming on you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Oh rich men, wail and weep over the miseries which are coming upon you!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pay attention to this if you're rich. Cry and moan about the misery that is coming to you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Come now, Oh ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

King James 2000 Bible
Come now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

American King James Version
Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

American Standard Version
Come now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl in your miseries, which shall come upon you.

Darby Bible Translation
Go to now, ye rich, weep, howling over your miseries that [are] coming upon [you].

English Revised Version
Go to now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Come now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Weymouth New Testament
Come, you rich men, weep aloud and howl for your sorrows which will soon be upon you.

World English Bible
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming on you.

Young's Literal Translation
Go, now, ye rich! weep, howling over your miseries that are coming upon you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-6 Public troubles are most grievous to those who live in pleasure, and are secure and sensual, though all ranks suffer deeply at such times. All idolized treasures will soon perish, except as they will rise up in judgment against their possessors. Take heed of defrauding and oppressing; and avoid the very appearance of it. God does not forbid us to use lawful pleasures; but to live in pleasure, especially sinful pleasure, is a provoking sin. Is it no harm for people to unfit themselves for minding the concerns of their souls, by indulging bodily appetites? The just may be condemned and killed; but when such suffer by oppressors, this is marked by God. Above all their other crimes, the Jews had condemned and crucified that Just One who had come among them, even Jesus Christ the righteous.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-6. - DENUNCIATION OF THE RICH FOR

(1) GRINDING DOWN THE POOR AND KEEPING BACK THEIR WAGES;

(2) LUXURY;

(3) MURDER.

The whole section resembles nothing so much as an utterance of one of the old Jewish prophets. It might almost be a leaf torn out of the Old Testament. Verse 1. - Go to now (see on James 4:13). The Vulgate there has ecce; here, agite. Ye rich men (see on James 2:6). Weep and howl, etc.; cf. James 4:9, but note the difference of tone; there, more of exhortation; here, more of denunciation. Ὀλολύζοντες: only here in the New Testament, but several times in the LXX., in passages of which the one before us reminds us; e.g. Isaiah 10:10; Isaiah 13:6; Isaiah 14:31; Isaiah 15:2; Isaiah 23:1, 6, 14. Miseries. Ταλαιπωρίαις: only again in Romans 3:16 (equivalent to Isaiah 59:7); frequent in the LXX.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Go to now, ye rich men,.... All rich men are not here designed; there are some rich men who are good men, and make a good use of their riches, and do not abuse them, as these here are represented; and yet wicked rich men, or those that were the openly profane, are not here intended neither; for the apostle only writes to such who were within the church, and not without, who were professors of religion; and such rich men are addressed here, who, notwithstanding their profession, were not rich towards God, but laid up treasure for themselves, and trusted in their riches, and boasted of the multitude of their wealth; and did not trust in God, and make use of their substance to his glory, and the good of his interest, as they should have done:

weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you; meaning, not temporal calamities that should come upon them at the destruction of Jerusalem, in which the rich greatly suffered by the robbers among themselves, as well as by the Roman soldiers; for the apostle is not writing to the Jews in Judea, and at Jerusalem; but to the Christians of the twelve tribes scattered in the several parts of the world, and who were not distressed by that calamity; but eternal miseries, or the torments of hell are intended, which, unless they repented of their sins, would shortly, suddenly, and unavoidably come upon them, when their present joy and laughter would be turned into howling and weeping.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 5

Jas 5:1-20. Woes Coming on the Wicked Rich: Believers Should Be Patient unto the Lord's Coming: Various Exhortations.

1. Go to now—Come now. A phrase to call solemn attention.

ye rich—who have neglected the true enjoyment of riches, which consists in doing good. James intends this address to rich Jewish unbelievers, not so much for themselves, as for the saints, that they may bear with patience the violence of the rich (Jas 5:7), knowing that God will speedily avenge them on their oppressors [Bengel].

miseries that shall come—literally, "that are coming upon you" unexpectedly and swiftly, namely, at the coming of the Lord (Jas 5:7); primarily, at the destruction of Jerusalem; finally, at His visible coming to judge the world.

James 5:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Misuse of Riches
1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten.…
Cross References
Isaiah 13:6
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Isaiah 15:3
In the streets they wear sackcloth; on the roofs and in the public squares they all wail, prostrate with weeping.

Ezekiel 30:2
"Son of man, prophesy and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'Wail and say, "Alas for that day!"

Luke 6:24
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.

1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

James 4:13
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."
Treasury of Scripture

Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

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James 4:13 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such …

ye.

James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it wither …

James 2:6 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and …

Deuteronomy 8:12-14 Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, …

Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown …

Nehemiah 9:25,26 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses …

Job 20:15-29 He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God …

Psalm 17:14 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which …

Psalm 49:6-20 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude …

Psalm 73:3-9,18-20 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Proverbs 11:4,28 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death…

Ecclesiastes 5:13,14 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches …

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

Micah 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants …

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

Matthew 19:23,24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, Truly I say to you, That a rich …

Luke 6:24 But woe to you that are rich! for you have received your consolation.

Luke 12:16-21 And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich …

Luke 16:19-25 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

Revelation 6:15-17 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, …

weep.

James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to …

Isaiah 13:6 Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a …

Isaiah 22:12,13 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Jeremiah 4:8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce …

Ezekiel 19:2 And say, What is your mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, …

Joel 1:5,11,13 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and howl, all you drinkers of wine, …

Amos 6:6,7 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: …

Zechariah 11:2,3 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: …

Luke 6:25 Woe to you that are full! for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh …

Luke 23:28,29 But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not …

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