James 5:16

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Confesse your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that yee may bee healed: the effectuall feruent prayer of a righteous man auaileth much.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So then, make a statement of your sins to one another, and say prayers for one another so that you may be made well. The prayer of a good man is full of power in its working.
- Basic English Bible

Confess therefore your offences to one another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. [The] fervent supplication of the righteous [man] has much power.
- Darby Bible

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be cured. The heartfelt supplication of a righteous man exerts a mighty influence.
- Weymouth Bible

Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.
- World English Bible

Therfor knouleche ye ech to othere youre synnes, and preye ye ech for othere, that ye be sauyd. For the contynuel preyer of a iust man is myche worth.
- Wycliffe Bible

Be confessing to one another the trespasses, and be praying for one another, that ye may be healed; very strong is a working supplication of a righteous man;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 5:16


5:16 Confess your faults - Whether ye are sick or in health. To one another - He does not say, to the elders: this may, or may not, be done; for it is nowhere commanded. We may confess them to any who can pray in faith: he will then know how to pray for us, and be more stirred up so to do. And pray one for another, that ye may be healed - Of all your spiritual diseases.


People's Bible Notes for James 5:16


Jas 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another. This verse springs from Jas 5:15. We all need healing of our sins. Let the brother confess his faults as a demonstration of repentance and let brethren pray for each other. Repentance, confession and prayer are the conditions of the forgiveness of sins committed by church members.

Discussion for James 5

  • Felicia
    Verse 17
    The Bible says Elijah was a man like us. From where we stand that's not convincing Elijah was prayerful God performed miracles by Elijah He was OT hero He also met with Jesus and Moses on the Mt of Trasns. (Matt 17:1-5) However he went into depression after defeating Baal's prophets Why? b'cos he was a man like us At least we can imitate Elijah's prayer life Let's make some efforts.
  • Bruce
    Study His Word from Genesis to Revelation's show yourself approved. It is your safeguard so if others miss quote Scripter or print it wrong you will know. Stay near the Cross. Bring others with you.
  • Steve morrow
    ( CONTINUED ) AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD AND WHICH WAS PREACHED TO EVERY CREATURE WHICH IS UNDER HEAVEN WHEREOF I PAUL AM MADE A MINISTER -- COLOSSIANS 3:1 ---if---you then be risen with CHRIST seek those things which are above where CHRIST sitteth on the right hand of GOD---help us JESUS that we would not be false teachers and that we would teach your words in your name
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 6:8 NOW ---IF---WE BE DEAD WITH CHRIST WE BELIEVE THAT WE SHALL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM colossians 1:21 and you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath HE reconciled 22 in the body of HIS flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in HIS sight 23 ----IF----YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH GROUNDED AND SETTLED AND BE NOT MOVED....
  • Steve morrow
    james 5:19 brethren --IF-- any of you do err from the truth and one convert him 5:20 let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins john 15:9as the Father hath loved ME so have I loved you continue ye in MT love 9:10 ---IF--- you keep MY commandments you shall abide in MY love even as I have kept MY ....
  • Steve morrow
    oh my LORD KING I ask and confess of my gluttony that you would help me to be like king david help me I pray also that I would have many fastings in your name JESUS I PRAY ASK PSALM 109:24 MY KNEES ARE WEEK THROUGH FASTING AND MY FLESH FAILETH OF FATNESS 2 Corinthians 11:27 in weariness and painfulness in watchings often in hunger and thirst in fastings often in cold and in nakedness romans 2:21thou therefore which teachest another teachest thou not thyself thou that preachest a man should not steal dost thou steal ACTS 3:26 UNTO YOU FIRST GOD HAVING RAISED UP HIS SON JESUS SENT HIM TO BLESS YOU IN TURNING EVERYONE OF YOU FROM HIS INIQIUTIES----THANKS MY LORD JESUS FOR THE CLEANSING YOU ARE DOING IN ME AND FOR THAT WHICH YOU WILL FINISH --- THANK YOU FOR THE OBEDIENCE YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED IN ME IN PRAYING ACCORDING TO THE FATHERS WILL-------PROVERBS 28:9 HE THAT TURNETH AWAY HIS EAR FROM HEARING THE LAW EVEN HIS PRAYER SHALL BE AN ABOMINATION -------PSALM 66:18 IF I REGARD INIQUITY IN MY HEART THE LORD WILL NOT HEAR ME