A reading from the letter of James.
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 eaten up by moths. Your gold and silver are corroding, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence: It will consume your flesh like fire. This is what you have stored up for yourselves, to receive on the last days. Laborers mowed your fields, and you cheated them. Listen to the wages that you kept back: they call out against you; realize that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of God. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; you have been fattening yourselves for the day of slaughter. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.
The Word of God recorded in the letter of James.