Money Talks (James 5:1-6)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Man upsetIf money talks,” said a popular comedian, “all it ever says to me is good-bye!”

But money was not saying “good-bye” to the men James addressed in this section of his letter. These men were rich and their riches were sinful. They were using their wealth for selfish purposes and were persecuting the poor in the process.

James was concerned about the selfishness of the rich and advised them to “weep and howl.” He could see among them the tendency to have an undue interest in and preoccupation with wealth. He could have just turned his head, but he cared too much for them and their welfare. We can divide his exhortation into two parts:

Manifestations of misused wealth (vv. 3–6)

It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by…

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