James 5:14

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Is any sicke among you? let him call for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray ouer him, anointing him with oyle in the Name of the Lord:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Is anyone among you sick? {Then} he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Is anyone among you ill? let him send for the rulers of the church; and let them say prayers over him, putting oil on him in the name of the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

Is any sick among you? let him call to [him] the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of [the] Lord;
- Darby Bible

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
- Webster's Bible

Is any one ill? Let him send for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, after anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
- Weymouth Bible

Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord,
- World English Bible

If ony of you is sijk, lede he in preestis of the chirche, and preie thei for hym, and anoynte with oile in the name of the Lord;
- Wycliffe Bible

is any infirm among you? let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, having anointed him with oil, in the name of the Lord,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 5:14


5:14 Having anointed him with oil - This single conspicuous gift, which Christ committed to his apostles, #Mark 6:13|, remained in the church long after the other miraculous gifts were withdrawn. Indeed, it seems to have been designed to remain always; and St. James directs the elders, who were the most, if not the only, gifted men, to administer at. This was the whole process of physic in the Christian church, till it was lost through unbelief. That novel invention among the Romanists, extreme unction, practised not for cure, but where life is despaired of, bears no manner of resemblance to this.


People's Bible Notes for James 5:14


Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you. In the early church, when miraculous gifts were imparted by the laying on of apostolic hands "as a sign to unbelievers" (see 1Co 14:22), one of these was the gift of healing. Let him call for the elders. In most early churches founded by the apostles some one of the elders would have this gift. There is no more reason for the descent of this gift to our times than of any other miraculous power. Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This passage, then, describes what was peculiar to the early church. The sick were anointed by the elders with oil, a symbol of the Spirit, which effected the healing, hands were laid, and prayer offered. See Mr 6:13 Isa 1:6 Lu 10:34.

Discussion for James 5

  • Jody
    I think it's great for understanding the purpose and requirements of living as a Christian
  • Beatrice
    I think James is reminding me how to live my life in ritiousness and be patient to receive my blessing as asked from God
  • Marvin taylor
    I know God love us all n if we do what he tells us no blessing is too big or impossible I seen a homeless man? Yesterday n I had bout a loaf of bread n I kept saying I don't need the loaf I said I need to bless the man with it I did thank you so much God Bless us all
  • Pamela smith
    I LOVE this book have memorized all of it and been in 2studies of it. All total almost a year getting all I can out of it
  • 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..

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