This subject came up during a chat on my little devotional on this passage, and I asked brother Jim his thoughts on who James was addressing in the passage. All I can say is many thanks for a fine and detailed breakdown. I am with him, I certainly would not want to be dogmatic about it, but brother Jim does make much sense here. Blessings and enjoy!
My dear brother Wally asked a very good question. In a post titled Faith In Action-Who Do You Love? Wally gave an exposition of James 5:1-6. Our brother asked what my thoughts were concerning whom James 5:1-6 was referring to. Some take it to refer to believers who were rich and hurting their fellow believers who were poor. Others understand this to refer to nonbelievers who were persecuting poorer believers.
Let me quote James 5:1-6:
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.2 Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten.3 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!4 Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been…
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