James 5:2
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New International Version
Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.

New Living Translation
Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.

English Standard Version
Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.

New American Standard Bible
Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten.

King James Bible
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your wealth is ruined and your clothes are moth-eaten.

International Standard Version
Your riches are rotten, your clothes have been eaten by moths,

NET Bible
Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For your wealth is decayed and stinks, and your garments are eaten by moths.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your riches have decayed, and your clothes have been eaten by moths.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your riches are rotten, and your garments are motheaten.

King James 2000 Bible
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

American King James Version
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

American Standard Version
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your riches are corrupted: and your garments are motheaten.

Darby Bible Translation
Your wealth is become rotten, and your garments moth-eaten.

English Revised Version
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

Webster's Bible Translation
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

Weymouth New Testament
Your treasures have rotted, and your piles of clothing are moth-eaten;

World English Bible
Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.

Young's Literal Translation
your riches have rotted, and your garments have become moth-eaten;
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

Verse 2. - Description of the miseries that are coming upon them. The perfects (σέσηπε... γέγονεν) are probably to be explained as "prophetic," in accordance with a common Hebrew idiom (see Driver on the 'Tenses of the Hebrew Verb,' § 14; and cf. Winer, 'Grammar of New Testament Greek,' p. 342: "The perfect does not stand for a present or future, but the case indicated by the apostle in ταλαιπωρίαις ὑμῶν ταῖς εηπερχομέναις is viewed as already present, and consequently the σήπειν of the riches as already completed"). For an instance of the prophetic perfect, used as here after ὀλούζείν, see Isaiah 23:1, 14," Howl.... for your stronghold has been wasted." The miseries coming upon the rich are thus announced to be the destruction of everything in virtue of which they were styled rich. Their costly garments, in a great store of which the wealth of an Eastern largely consists, should become moth-eaten. Their gold and silver should be rusted. Bengel notes on this passage: "Scripta haec suut paucis annis ante obsidionem Hierosolymorum;" and certainly the best commentary upon it is to be found in the terrible account given by Josephus of the sufferings and miseries which came upon the Jews during the war and siege of Jerusalem. The Jewish historian has become the unconscious witness to the fulfillment of the prophecies of our Lord and his apostle. Σέσηπεν: only here in the New Testament; in the LXX., Job 16:7. Σητόβρωτα is also an ἄπαξ λεγόμενον in the New Testament; in LXX. used also of garments in Job 13:28.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Your riches are corrupted,.... Either through disuse of them; and so the phrase is expressive of their tenaciousness, withholding that from themselves and others which is meet, and which is keeping riches for the owners thereof, to their hurt; or these are corrupted, and are corruptible things, fading and perishing, and will stand in no stead in the day of wrath, and therefore it is great weakness to put any trust and confidence in them:

and your garments are moth eaten; being neither wore by themselves, nor put upon the backs of others, as they should, but laid up in wardrobes, or in chests and coffers, and so became the repast of moths, and now good for nothing.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. corrupted—about to be destroyed through God's curse on your oppression, whereby your riches are accumulated (Jas 5:4). Calvin thinks the sense is, Your riches perish without being of any use either to others or even to yourselves, for instance, your garments which are moth-eaten in your chests.

garments … moth-eaten—referring to Mt 6:19, 20.

James 5:2 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. 3Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!…
Cross References
Job 13:28
"So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.

Isaiah 50:9
It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

Matthew 6:19
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Treasury of Scripture

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Your riches.

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Matthew 6:19,20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust …

Luke 12:33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which …

1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not …

your garments.

James 2:2 For if there come to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly …

Job 13:28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is moth eaten.

Psalm 39:11 When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty …

Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? …

Isaiah 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall …

Hosea 5:12 Therefore will I be to Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah …

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