James 5:1

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Goe to now, yee rich men, weepe and howle for your miseries that shall come vpon you.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Come now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Come now, you men of wealth, give yourselves to weeping and crying because of the bitter troubles which are coming to you.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

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

Do now, ye riche men, wepe ye, yellinge in youre wretchidnessis that schulen come to you.
- Wycliffe Bible

Go, now, ye rich! weep, howling over your miseries that are coming upon [you];
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 5:1


5:1 Come now, ye rich - The apostle does not speak this so much for the sake of the rich themselves, as of the poor children of God, who were then groaning under their cruel oppression. Weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you - Quickly and unexpectedly. This was written not long before the siege of Jerusalem; during which, as well as after it, huge calamities came on the Jewish nation, not only in Judea, but through distant countries. And as these were an awful prelude of that wrath which was to fall upon them in the world to come, so this may likewise refer to the final vengeance which will then be executed on the impenitent.


People's Bible Notes for James 5:1


Jas 5:1 Warnings to the Rich SUMMARY OF JAMES 5: The Sins of Rich Men. The Judgments Coming Upon Them. Patience Under Affliction. The Examples of Job and Elijah. Healing the Sick. Effectual Prayer. Restoring Sinners. Go to now. The same expression is used in Jas 4:13. There it is a rebuke to those who haste to be rich; here to those who use riches wickedly. [Ye] rich men. James looks beyond the church of his day to be his nation and to the church of after time. Weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. Because of coming judgments for your sins.

Discussion for James 5

  • Lenora Hobbs
    God Is Great
  • F foster
    James 5th chapter: also tells us about healing through fervent prayer, meaning when you want God to do something for you have to pray like you never prayed before. When you anoint yourself with oil your healing don't come from the oil. It comes fr the praying. Anointing means you are being obedient, when he say anoint thou self with oil..
  • Patricia
    I think James is one of the most powerful books of the Bible, it is a perfect example of how we are to be just like Jesus who never offended with his speech but so many of us do and in read- ing James I realize how careful we must be to watch what we say even when we think no one else can hear us.
  • Samuel Mwadziwe
    james5:7-11 urges us to have the patience of Christ who has been patient with us. He will surely reward us at right time. If not now then at least in heaven.
  • Jessica
    What I get out of this is if u are not sharp u could lose your salvation...God have mercy on us all...Praise God and to my brothers in Christ REPENT always..love u all
  • Yes. This is normal but the situation of Paul and Silas is different.They choose to sing instead of praying when they were afflicted.God will want us to go beyond this scripture and praise him in season and out of season. Shalom.

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