In Chapter 5 of the Book of James in the King James Version, or KJV, of the Bible, the apostle James issues an ominous warning to the rich men whom he considers as oppressors of the innocent and slave drivers of the peasantry. James addresses the rich men and vows that they will soon be punished by the Lord Almighty.
James berates the affluent men for not compensating the laborers who toiled in their fields. He also admonishes those who have been murdering and abusing the weak. The apostle portends that the oppressors' hoarding days are nearing their end. James notes that the corrosion of their wealth is testament to their sins and the rich men will soon wallow in misery and suffering.