1 “Weep and howl” are frequently used regarding the wicked in the Day of Judgment.
2 James 1:10-11; 2:5-6; Luke 6:24-25
Matthew 19:16-23 The unrighteous rich are the subject, not just the rich.
James 5:3 Their emphasis was on saving up for their last days, but their actions will be punished in “the
Luke 12:13-21 To make plans and save for the latter years of your life can be wise and compassionate in that you will not become a financial burden to your family or dependent on the government.
James 5:4 The Mosaic Law required that laborers were paid daily. Deuteronomy 24:14-15; Leviticus 19:13; Malachi 3:5
Lord of Hosts, Sabaoth, and Armies refers to Yahweh as the almighty, the commander of the armies in heaven and earth. These are often used when God brings judgment.
8 Those whom he addressed were doubtless suffering under such oppressions. The directions were to bear their wrongs without murmuring and without evil resistance. We have a hope that encourages endurance. Luke 8:15; Romans 2:7; 8:24-25; 15:4; Galatians 5:5; 6:9
9 Do not complain. James 4:11; 1 Peter 4:9; Philippians 2:14-16
12 Vows tempt us not to be dependent on God and to avoid living for now.
13 The Greek word translated “cheerful” here is translated “be of good courage” in Acts 27.
14 Anointing with oil is also used in Mark 6:13. Oil was widely used in the ancient world as medicine.
15 The prayer of faith is with both the sick and elders. Some sickness can be caused by sin. Matthew 9:1-8
16 A powerful, evil weapon used by the devil is our unwillingness to expose ourselves.
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
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