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which Christ committed to his apostles, #Mark 6:13|, remained in the church long after the other miraculous gifts were withdrawn.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

  • 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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