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

  • Felicia
    Verse 17
    The Bible says Elijah was a man like us. From where we stand that's not convincing Elijah was prayerful God performed miracles by Elijah He was OT hero He also met with Jesus and Moses on the Mt of Trasns. (Matt 17:1-5) However he went into depression after defeating Baal's prophets Why? b'cos he was a man like us At least we can imitate Elijah's prayer life Let's make some efforts.
  • Bruce
    Study His Word from Genesis to Revelation's show yourself approved. It is your safeguard so if others miss quote Scripter or print it wrong you will know. Stay near the Cross. Bring others with you.
  • Steve morrow
    ( CONTINUED ) AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD AND WHICH WAS PREACHED TO EVERY CREATURE WHICH IS UNDER HEAVEN WHEREOF I PAUL AM MADE A MINISTER -- COLOSSIANS 3:1 ---if---you then be risen with CHRIST seek those things which are above where CHRIST sitteth on the right hand of GOD---help us JESUS that we would not be false teachers and that we would teach your words in your name
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 6:8 NOW ---IF---WE BE DEAD WITH CHRIST WE BELIEVE THAT WE SHALL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM colossians 1:21 and you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath HE reconciled 22 in the body of HIS flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in HIS sight 23 ----IF----YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH GROUNDED AND SETTLED AND BE NOT MOVED....
  • Steve morrow
    james 5:19 brethren --IF-- any of you do err from the truth and one convert him 5:20 let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins john 15:9as the Father hath loved ME so have I loved you continue ye in MT love 9:10 ---IF--- you keep MY commandments you shall abide in MY love even as I have kept MY ....
  • Steve morrow
    oh my LORD KING I ask and confess of my gluttony that you would help me to be like king david help me I pray also that I would have many fastings in your name JESUS I PRAY ASK PSALM 109:24 MY KNEES ARE WEEK THROUGH FASTING AND MY FLESH FAILETH OF FATNESS 2 Corinthians 11:27 in weariness and painfulness in watchings often in hunger and thirst in fastings often in cold and in nakedness romans 2:21thou therefore which teachest another teachest thou not thyself thou that preachest a man should not steal dost thou steal ACTS 3:26 UNTO YOU FIRST GOD HAVING RAISED UP HIS SON JESUS SENT HIM TO BLESS YOU IN TURNING EVERYONE OF YOU FROM HIS INIQIUTIES----THANKS MY LORD JESUS FOR THE CLEANSING YOU ARE DOING IN ME AND FOR THAT WHICH YOU WILL FINISH --- THANK YOU FOR THE OBEDIENCE YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED IN ME IN PRAYING ACCORDING TO THE FATHERS WILL-------PROVERBS 28:9 HE THAT TURNETH AWAY HIS EAR FROM HEARING THE LAW EVEN HIS PRAYER SHALL BE AN ABOMINATION -------PSALM 66:18 IF I REGARD INIQUITY IN MY HEART THE LORD WILL NOT HEAR ME

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