"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.Your gold and silver are corroded.Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxuryand self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter."
The Apostle James Brother of Jesus (as recorded in The book of James chapter 5)
1 Tim. 6:10, and quoting the prayer of Jabez (Lord increase my lands...).
klaiō is a sign of pain and grief and ololyzō is a loud cry or a lament
This is no small regret (like oh I wish I had gotten my new SUV in Forest Green instead of Metallic Blue). It is a call to shrieking loud lamentations. (like the Middle Eastern Mourners as they carry a casket through the streets crying out and loudly lamenting a life and all its possibilities that have been lost forever).
Wealth is the word ploutos
ploutos is an abundance of external possessions
And is found elswere in scripture:
|1Ti 6:17||Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment|
|Hbr 11:26||He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward|
tryphaō and spatalaō
tryphaō is to live delicately, luxuriously, to be given over to a soft and luxurious life.
spatalaō is to lead a voluptuous life, to give one's self to pleasure
They are only used once in the whole New Testament. The use of them together suggests softness of luxury and or a breakdown of moral restraints; going beyond pleasure. Together these phrases picture a life without self-denial, which offers no resistance to any hunger or craving, and promises comfort and enjoyment despite the cost to others.
This was writen in the early days of the church. In such a time a person could display his wealth in basically three ways: by means of food, clothing, or possessions, particularly if they were made of precious metals. Those who were wealthy ate well, dressed extravagantly and spent lavishly, but James says these things will rot, be eaten, or corrode.