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

  • Ann
    Sean, I just said a prayer for you. Keep in the faith, may God bless you. Amen
  • Tamar
    James uses some ensamples for us to follow. Job through his suffering he prayed to God, and God brought him out of tribulations,Elias prayed that it might not rain God didn't send any rain. James also said the fervent prayers of the righteous avails much, we must pray without ceasing God shows pity for when we going through hard times and mercy bringing us out every situation the enemy gets us in.
  • A disciple
    Henrietta; Yes! The Lord Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth; and He has charged us in His name, to proclaim the Glad Tidings to every creature; teaching all men everywhere to keep all His words, everything that He has commanded us; thus also warning the rich that they not foolishly trust in their good things in life, and miss the truth and the word of their salvation.
  • Henrietta
    I see 2 messages: one to the corrupted rich and one to the brethren. The rich will be judged for their fraudulent activities. The brethren are warned to stay pure in heart/ no grudges and to have patience. They are also encouraged to pray earnestly and to pray for the sick to be healed.
    Sin and sickness are linked, but both can be remedied by the blood through prayer.
  • BSP
    Verse 13 encourages us to express our feelings. When going through troubles we should pray and when rejoicing we should sing out joyfully.
  • BSP
    When considering good examples, we should look to the faithful prophets examples as verse 10 encourages us to do.

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