But woe to you that are rich! for you have received your consolation.
Let the full force of the word " consolation" be observed. It is used by way of contrast to the comfort which is promised to the Christian in the Beatitudes. Comfort, in the fulness of that word, as including help, guidance, encouragement, and support, is the peculiar promise of the gospel. There is then something very fearful in the intimation of the text, that those who have riches thereby receive their portion, such as it is, in full, instead of the heavenly gift of the gospel. The same doctrine is implied in our Lord's words in the parable of Dives and Lazarus: "Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented."
(J. H. Newman, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.