James 5:3

“Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Your gold and siluer is cankered, and the rust of them shall bee a witnesse against you, and shall eate your flesh as it were fire: ye haue heaped treasure together for the last dayes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Your 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!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Your gold and your silver are rusted; and their rust shall be for a testimony against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye have laid up your treasure in the last days.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Your gold and your silver are wasted and their waste will be a witness against you, burning into your flesh. You have put by your store in the last days.
- Basic English Bible

Your gold and silver is eaten away, and their canker shall be for a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye have heaped up treasure in [the] last days.
- Darby Bible

Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a testimony against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have amassed treasure for the last days.
- Webster's Bible

your gold and your silver have become covered with rust, and the rust on them will give evidence against you, and will eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded up wealth in these last days.
- Weymouth Bible

Your gold and your silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be for a testimony against you, and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up your treasure in the last days.
- World English Bible

Youre gold and siluer hath rustid, and the rust of hem schal be to you in to witnessyng, and schal ete youre fleischis, as fier. Ye han tresourid to you wraththe in the last daies.
- Wycliffe Bible

your gold and silver have rotted, and the rust of them for a testimony shall be to you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye made treasure in the last days!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 5:3


5:3 The canker of them - Your perishing stores and motheaten garments. Will be a testimony against you - Of your having buried those talents in the earth, instead of improving them according to your Lord's will. And will eat your flesh as fire - Will occasion you as great torment as if fire were consuming your flesh. Ye have laid up treasure in the last days - When it is too late; when you have no time to enjoy them.


People's Bible Notes for James 5:3


Jas 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered. Rusted from disuse. These metals do not literally rust, but do tarnish from long disuse. The idea is that they show they have been hoarded, not used. And the rust of them shall be a witness against you. The tarnish shows that you have hoarded instead of using. And shall eat your flesh as it were fire. They shall punish you, as though heated by fire and eating into your flesh. This hoarded wealth will curse the possessor. Ye have heaped up treasure. Instead of laying up treasure in heaven you have continued to pile up earthly treasure to the last, a matter of extreme folly. For the last days. What James then thought of as "the last days", the end of his nation, country and Jerusalem, was close at hand.

Discussion for James 5:3

  • In the last days gold and silver will be absolutely worthless as the mark of the beast totally controls all financial assets. These things that have always had a price in the past will be nothing but a burden under Antichrist for everyone living on this earth...they will be able to sit on it while they starve to death.
  • Shibu Tabor for verse 3
    Kindly give me an accurate note on the word "rust "contextually to the text James 5 3.thankfully.....
  • Susan Dalton for verse 3
    "...and the rust of them shall be a witness against you..." (James 5:3)

    Hot short iron has sulfur in it. "The degree of hot shortness is in direct proportion to the amount of sulfur present." (Wikipedia - Iron Ore)

    Sulfur is a contaminant in coal. "The effects of even small quanities of sulfur are immediate and serious."

    "A piece of hot short iron will crack if worked with a hammer. When a piece of hot iron or steel cracks the exposed surface immediately oxidizes. This layer of oxide prevents the mending of the crack by welding. Large cracks cause the iron or steel to break up. Smaller cracks can cause the object to fail during use." (Wikipedia - Iron Ore)

    Sin is a contaminant in our lives. Even a small amount can create a crack (breach) in our spirit and lives. This crack (breach) oxidizes (becomes rust). Satan seeks to get the advantage here. Sin has become a breach - a crack - rust immediately is present and there is a crack that cannot be mended by welding. A Christian can "crack under pressure." This shows a presence of sulfur in their lives. A crack develops; rust is seen. This can cause the vessel to crack further. It can cause the vessel to fail during use.

    Any vessel can become a rusty vessel. The rust becoming a witness against them. Satan desires for us to become rusty vessels. He desires for sulfur to remain present in us so that under pressure we fail, cracks develop, rust is seen, breaches remain, and a weaker vessel is present.

    Jesus desires for us to be a perfect vessel. He works to remove all sulfur (sin) in our lives so we become a perfected vessel. Obedience to the word of God and the Spirit of God makes us a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

    Rust will develop if we allow sulfur to remain.

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