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

  • A disciple
    Terri; I think because there is so much Satanic abuse, that many feel like you do about Confession of sins to another man. But if we look at the real and the true as it was ever mentioned in the Bible; we see that there is a good and a holy RIGHT use and service toward one another. Nathan the Prophet with king David; John the Baptist; the people who repented after hearing Peter on Pentecost; e.g.
  • Terri
    I believe the KJV of confessing our FAULTS. to each other. God is the only one to confess our sins to 1 Jn 1:9 and is the only one that can forgive man. Jesus died so this can happen if we can confess sin to each other it makes no sense to why our precious savior died for us.
  • Ann
    Sean, I just said a prayer for you. Keep in the faith, may God bless you. Amen
  • Tamar
    James uses some ensamples for us to follow. Job through his suffering he prayed to God, and God brought him out of tribulations,Elias prayed that it might not rain God didn't send any rain. James also said the fervent prayers of the righteous avails much, we must pray without ceasing God shows pity for when we going through hard times and mercy bringing us out every situation the enemy gets us in.
  • A disciple
    Henrietta; Yes! The Lord Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth; and He has charged us in His name, to proclaim the Glad Tidings to every creature; teaching all men everywhere to keep all His words, everything that He has commanded us; thus also warning the rich that they not foolishly trust in their good things in life, and miss the truth and the word of their salvation.
  • Henrietta
    I see 2 messages: one to the corrupted rich and one to the brethren. The rich will be judged for their fraudulent activities. The brethren are warned to stay pure in heart/ no grudges and to have patience. They are also encouraged to pray earnestly and to pray for the sick to be healed.
    Sin and sickness are linked, but both can be remedied by the blood through prayer.

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