James 5:13

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing Psalmes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Is anyone among you suffering? {Then} he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Is anyone among you in trouble? let him say prayers. Is anyone glad? let him make a song of praise.
- Basic English Bible

Does any one among you suffer evil? let him pray. Is any happy? let him sing psalms.
- Darby Bible

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any cheerful? let him sing psalms.
- Webster's Bible

Is one of you suffering? Let him pray. Is any one in good spirits? Let him sing a psalm.
- Weymouth Bible

Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praises.
- World English Bible

And if ony of you is sorewful, preye he with pacient soule, and seie he a salm.
- Wycliffe Bible

Doth any one suffer evil among you? let him pray; is any of good cheer? let him sing psalms;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for James 5:13


Jas 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? Let him not swear, or engage in any improper use of the tongue, but "let him pray". God is the Helper in such an hour. Is any cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Let his joy be shown, not in wanton speech, but in singing praises. Prayer and thanksgiving are the appropriate expressions for each condition.

Discussion for James 5

  • Lenora Hobbs
    God Is Great
  • F foster
    James 5th chapter: also tells us about healing through fervent prayer, meaning when you want God to do something for you have to pray like you never prayed before. When you anoint yourself with oil your healing don't come from the oil. It comes fr the praying. Anointing means you are being obedient, when he say anoint thou self with oil..
  • Patricia
    I think James is one of the most powerful books of the Bible, it is a perfect example of how we are to be just like Jesus who never offended with his speech but so many of us do and in read- ing James I realize how careful we must be to watch what we say even when we think no one else can hear us.
  • Samuel Mwadziwe
    james5:7-11 urges us to have the patience of Christ who has been patient with us. He will surely reward us at right time. If not now then at least in heaven.
  • Jessica
    What I get out of this is if u are not sharp u could lose your salvation...God have mercy on us all...Praise God and to my brothers in Christ REPENT always..love u all
  • Yes. This is normal but the situation of Paul and Silas is different.They choose to sing instead of praying when they were afflicted.God will want us to go beyond this scripture and praise him in season and out of season. Shalom.

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