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

  • Onalaja oluwakemi afolasade
    Elijah as a man born of woman was subject to anger,hunger,tribulations,percicutions etc like us ,yet he conquared all the negative forces billowed against children of Adam.He decreed authoritatively over nature and it stood !amazingly by his word again came rain with thunderstom.
  • Sean
    Pray for me if you see this comment. I can use every prayer I can get. Thanks
  • Sean
    Pray for me if you see this comment. I can use every prayer I can get. Thanks
  • Steve morrow
    JAMES 5:19 BRETHREN IF ANY OF YOU DO ERROR 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
  • Logan
    I think that the best thing I can say is that we are praying for your son
  • A disciple
    Amen, Bruce, well said. It is a dangerous and evil spirit that tries to creep in among the unlearned, undisciplined and inexperienced Believers; that tells them they are special to the Lord, and His ONLY ONES, out of all Christians, "who got it right!" What inevitably happens with that kind of deception and arrogance, an unclean spirit is working in the hidden to overthrow the leadership with sin.