james 5:1 11 commentary
"Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". 1974. ; in the first of these passages the connection is the same as here, … ἐγγὺς γὰρ ἡμέρα κυρίου, and see Luke 6:24, “Woe unto you rich …,” which is strongly reminiscent of the verse before us. (Witham). I do not know his name, nor do I know where he lived, but the whole town knew the man. Come now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. The howling aggravates the weep, likening them to a pack of eastern dogs. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. James intends this address to rich Jewish unbelievers, not so much for themselves as for the saints, that they may bear with patience the violence of the rich (James 5:7), knowing that God will speedily avenge them. Certainly there is in the words no invitation to repentance, but a mere declaration of vengeance. Throughout the immense domain of apocalyptic literature these themes are developed to an enormous extent; they are familiar to us from the Gospels, Matthew 24, 25; Mark 13:14-27; Luke 21:9-19. What a waste of money and especially time, looking for them, buying them, cleaning them and then preparing them for storage. (1-6) Exhortation to patience and meekness under tribulations. He came to town in a horse and wagon. Wealth can"t protect us from the coming judgment. He never left the hospital, though he lived another several months. Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you. (1) Go to now, ye rich.—As in James 4:3, it was “Woe to you, worldly,” so now “Woe to ye rich: weep, bewailing”—literally, howling for your miseries coming upon you. 1905. See on be afflicted, James 4:9. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/james-5.html. oOnly here in New Testament, and denoting a more demonstrative and passionate expression of grief than weeping. Of the rich men of St. James’s day in the Roman empire generally, see note on James 5:6. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". He poured many long hours, or you might say his life into the business looking forward to his retirement. See Romans 3:16. However, James challenged his rich readers to weep and howl in anguish, not repentance. the same term is used;—a picture word, imitating the cry of anguish,—peculiar to this place in the New Testament. Go now rich men, &c. In the first six verses, he gives admonitions to those among the Christians who were rich, not to rely on riches, nor value themselves on this account. His coat had holes in it and was quite soiled. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on James 5:1". Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. These problems are to come upon them - this is also a present tense, something that is probably already upon the reader. Not a pretty sight, but it may give us some indication of what James was getting at when he mentions the rich people"s clothes were moth eaten. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/james-5.html. James enjoins the rich to weep and howl at what is coming on them. "It summons the ones addressed to give careful attention to what will be said" (Kent p. 168). 1 Timothy 6:10). 1897-1910. And as these were an awful prelude of that wrath which was to fall upon them in the world to come, so this passage may likewise refer to the final vengeance which will then be executed on the impenitent. A lot of poor folk are obsessed with material things" (Draper p. 142). Denunciatory appeal to the rich for their oppression, self-indulgence, and persecution, James 5:1-6. 5. I have always liked Proverbs 30:8-9. BibliographyDerickson, Stanley. I am told that Jackie Onasis, when alive, had an entire large warehouse for storing her wardrobe - the out of date stuff of course. You must look upon your riches and treasures as if they were already putrefied and corrupted, your gold and silver eaten and consumed with rust: and their rust shall rise in testimony and judgment against you, for not making better use of them. He was dirty, long hair with a long unkempt beard. His appearance rather well fit a freight wagon driver. Your gold and silver is cankered, and the rust of it shall be witness against you. Wealth can be used properly, but it has also destroyed a good number of people (1 Timothy 6:8-10). They are told to weep, a one time act, but they are also told to howl which is a present tense or something that was to continue. They knew to do good, but did not do it, thus sinned. (See Matthew 5:11, and 1Peter 2:19.) Oh, how appropriate to our own day. It seems to be a simple denunciation of God’s judgment, by which he meant to terrify them, without giving them any hope of pardon, for all that he says tends only to despair.’ But this must not be too absolutely assumed, for we learn in the case of Nineveh that all God’s denunciations are likewise exhortations to repentance. 1909-1922. Whoever may be the persons referred to in the preceding paragraph, we consider that the rich who are here addressed were unbelieving and wicked men not belonging to the Christian community. That shall come upon you. "Commentary on James 5:1". We might make note that these were people that had not had a lot of good preaching down at First Baptist on the corner; they were saved but for the most part not well grounded in the Word. DD. All of us know persons who are economically better off than we, and we tend to regard them as "rich" in contrast to ourselves…..Experience in traveling abroad quickly brings the recognition that Americans are more affluent than much of the world and makes one wonder about the exercise of his own stewardship" (p. 168). And the heavy blast strikes the reader. talaiporia. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. See Acts 24:25 "and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified"; Romans 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:28-29.
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