“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire” — James 5: 1-3
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This Bible passage from James is warning wealthy people about coming judgment for misusing their riches. The best interpretation is that it cautions those who have accumulated significant wealth against selfishness, greed, and neglecting moral responsibilities to the poor and less fortunate.
By describing their treasures as “corrupted” and “cankered”, it suggests wealth alone does not protect from spiritual decay if not balanced with compassion. The verse implies that how one acquires and spends their money will be accounted for, and harsh punishment awaits those who fail to help others in need.