A warning for the rich and self-confident

Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: “Today or tomorrow,
we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and
make some money.” You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no
more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most
you should ever say is: “If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or
that.” But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is
always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t
do it commits a sin.
Now an answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are
coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by
moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion
will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you
stored up as your treasure for the last days. Laborers mowed your fields, and
you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realize
that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth
you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went
on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and
killed them; they offered you no resistance.

James 4:13-17, 5:1-6

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