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 5:16

  • I believe the KJV is correct here and the word used should have been faults. We are to confess our sins to God and repent and he will forgive us because of the finished work of Christ on Calvary. But if we do a wrong to a brother or sister in Christ, we should also go to them and admit our wrongdoing faults and try to restore our relationship with that believer. We should also be willing to humble ourselves and admit our faults to one another...but confess your sins to God, who is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins!
  • Pamela Rodela for verse 16
    I feel like so many of you that have allowed GOD to use you through this time, For those that think they are to go around babbling their sins to all then there's no need for you to need JESUS CHRIST who was crucified on the cross of Calvary for our sins I'm so glad that I can go to you JESUS...Now regarding the verse here in the beginning of James he is saying a whole lot verse 1-4 and in verse 5 with faith and trust in JESUS to ask HIM for wisdom cause we all lack HIS, but not wavering. I believe a big part of it is so that when he or she gets to 5:13-16
  • God forgives sins. A fault is some personal thorn in us. The person who is tangled in such needs help. But the help must be carefully chosen. The fervent prayer of the righteous avails much. The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers. comp. 1 Pet. 3:12 .
  • MockingBird for verse 16
    Find one in your body of believers that you can depend upon : To trust in you confiding of your faults : to help you overcome : to be able to give an account of your progress To confess to if you have wronged them and to get it right before each other so that your prayers be not hindered and have that free flow to God. I do not believe that I am to confess every sin to my fellow believers :
  • Prayer is the up lifting of all sins we need to confess our sins to our lord and ask the persons we offended forgiveness if we want to move on and have eternal life and freedom to serve the Lord without any condemning yourself to eternal damnation
  • Tony P. for verse 16
    Most people commenting on this verse fail to recognize the most fundamental premise of Biblical study application, and that is to "rightly divide the word of truth " per 2 Timothy 2:15. The Epistle Of James could not, for the most part, doctrinally apply to Christians in this present age of grace, because it implies salvation either by works or validated by them. It actually fits in better applied to believers in The Tribulation, see Revelation 12:17, 14 12 especially since it is addressed to Jewish believers, James 1:1. We find no where in the 13 certain Pauline Epistles, excluding Hebrews to appease those who have certain doubts, Paul The Apostle Of The Gentiles, see Romans 11:13, instructing us to anoint anyone for any reason. But I suppose if we were to grant that we could should anoint the sick, we should first observe a time of self examination, confession of personal faults these would be areas of inclined weaknesses, NOT SINS , and of course fervent effectual prayer. The only prayer that will save a lost Hell-bound sinner, is the one were he she admits their pitiful condition, and by faith receives The Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour. It has two distinct sides, repentance towards God for what you are and have done, and then faith in The Lord Jesus Christ for who He is and what He has done! See Acts 20:21. God speed.