James 5:1-6 / Our Directive

James turns his attention to the oppressive rich. They were withholding wages from the poor. In their search for wealthy, they violated God’s royal law to love their neighbor as themselves. James gives a strong word of condemnation and a glimpse of the judgment God will give because of their selfishness. This is a strong passage. We would do well to think seriously and reflectively as we process God’s message for our lives.

Use these questions below as you think through and meditate on the passage this week:

  • How does James address his audience in 5:1?
  • What are the two commands James gives in 5:1?
  • What signs of wealth does James point out in 5:2-3?
  • What is the key problem James gives at the end of 5:3?
  • What were some of the dishonest practices James lists in 5:4?
  • How were the rich living according to 5:5?
  • What is the key problem James gives in 5:6?

As the Lord leads, read through James 5 this week. Meditate on James 5:1-6. Hide God’s Word in your heart as you memorize James 5:1.

Memory Verse: James 5:1, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.”

Passage: James 5:1-6 (ESV)

[1] Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. [2] Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. [3] Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. [4] Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. [5] You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. [6] You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.