James 5:1-3

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James 5:1-3
KJV 1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 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.
WEB 1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming on you. 2 Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 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.

These are my thoughts, please share yours.

1 We are not to just feel sorry for the poor but do what we can to help them, this for some is prayer but for those who can help they need to help and let those who cant help prayer so they can help that way. James is talking about the rich crying over those in need rather then helps them with their need.

2 Riches will go away, what are they storing up, isn’t it more important to help people if we can. Laying up treasures in heaven is far better.

3 When the times of the Lord comes it wont matter how much money a person has, when death comes it wont matter how much a person has because they wont take that with them but the riches we give away will be laid up heaven.
 
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Thanks for the food for thought. And since you asked, here's my thoughts.

James 5:1-3
KJV 1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 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.
I see this as describing men with worldly, selfish hearts who have a lot of material wealth, but do not use it. They hoard these worldly treasures, (thus the silver & gold is idle, unused for good purposes, so it becomes tarnished, cankered, rusty, no good, worthless, and like a pl).
Their garments, as unused linen robes in a closet... moth-eaten, tattered rags.. now unfit to be worn, not worthy in the presence of holy God.
"witness against you" - because you have prospered greatly and lived selfishly, feasting, and fattening your own life, and have done no good, or shown no love for others...
"shall eat your flesh as it were fire"- all the goodness that could have been done, yet was not... will be the cause/fuel of your eternal torment. You greatest treasures, (that could have witnessed FOR YOU), will be what has condemned your soul to hell. It is not just a warning... but truth... a simple, basic "law", so to speak... cause & effect.
 
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