James 1:11

“For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the Sunne is no sooner risen with a burning heate, but it withereth the grasse; and the flowre thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his wayes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the sun ariseth with the scorching wind, and withereth the grass: and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his goings.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For when the sun comes up with its burning heat, the grass gets dry and the grace of its form is gone with the falling flower; so the man of wealth comes to nothing in his ways.
- Basic English Bible

For the sun has risen with its burning heat, and has withered the grass, and its flower has fallen, and the comeliness of its look has perished: thus the rich also shall wither in his goings.
- Darby Bible

For the sun hath no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and its flower falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
- Webster's Bible

The sun rises with his scorching heat and dries up the herbage, so that its flowers drop off and the beauty of its appearance perishes, and in the same way rich men with all their prosperity will fade away.
- Weymouth Bible

For the sun arises with the scorching wind, and withers the grass, and the flower in it falls, and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in his pursuits.
- World English Bible

The sunne roos vp with heete, and driede the gras, and the flour of it felde doun, and the fairnesse of his chere perischide; and so a riche man welewith in hise weies.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the sun did rise with the burning heat, and did wither the grass, and the flower of it fell, and the grace of its appearance did perish, so also the rich in his way shall fade away!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:11


1:11 For the sun arose and withered the grass - There is an unspeakable beauty and elegance, both in the comparison itself, and in the very manner of expressing it, intimating both the certainty and the suddenness of the event. So shall the rich fade away in his ways - In the midst of his various pleasures and employments.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:11


Jas 1:11 For the sun . . . withereth the grass. When the fierce sun of summer arises the grass in Palestine dies. Thus shall the glory of the rich man fade.

Discussion for James 1

  • Derek
    Keep the two great commandments and believe in Christ and the one who sent him and join you life to that of God. In so doing you will have eternal life.
  • Wayne
    It seems you are stretching and creating something other than the simple Word of God. Which is easily understood by all.
  • Debra
    'To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction' means to 'visit, speak the true gospel' to men/women who do not yet know their Loving Father in Heaven, and to 'visit, speak the true gospel' to the men/women who are 'widowed, dead in Christ, separated from the union with Christ' meaning those who are not yet prepared, or have lost their way, to meet the bridegroom, Christ. Spiritually Lost
  • Charlie
    Amen to what William said. We HAVE and NEED to pray before reading God's Word to ask the Lord to help us read what we are reading, to gleen from His Word His goodness and mercy and His love for us. There is nothing like being with The Lord in spirit Especially in the morning first thing. Amen.
  • Kevin
    For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
    24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
  • Venus Mosley
    James has cool wisdom that we can discuss! In the word's of God's Holy Spirit!
    Grace be unto you, the words can save our spiritual hearts!

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