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James: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Application and Devotional Implications

Money Talks (Jas 5:1–6). “If money talks,” said a popular comedian, “all it ever says to me is good-bye!” But money was not saying good-bye to those addressed in this section of the letter.

1. The Way These Rich People Got Their Wealth (James 5:4, 6a)

a. Holding back wages (v 4).

b. Controlling the courts (v 6a).

2. The Way These Rich Used Their Wealth (James 5:3–5)

a. They stored it up (v 3).

b. They kept others from benefiting from it (v 4).

c. They lived in luxury (v 5).

3. What the Wealth of These Rich People Will Do (James 5:1–4)

a. Riches will vanish (vv. 2–3a).

b. Misused riches erode character (v. 3).

c. Judgment is a certainty (vv. 3, 5).

Yes, money does talk, but what will it say to you at the last judgment?

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