James 5:17

“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Elias was a man subiect to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not raine: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three yeeres and sixe monethes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Elijah was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth for three years and six months.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Elijah was a man of flesh and blood as we are, and he made a strong prayer that there might be no rain; and there was no rain on the earth for three years and six months.
- Basic English Bible

Elias was a man of like passions to us, and he prayed with prayer that it should not rain; and it did not rain upon the earth three years and six months;
- Darby Bible

Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
- Webster's Bible

Elijah was a man with a nature similar to ours, and he earnestly prayed that there might be no rain: and no rain fell on the land for three years and six months.
- Weymouth Bible

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it didn't rain on the earth for three years and six months.
- World English Bible

Elye was a deedli man lijk vs, and in preier he preiede, that it schulde not reyne on the erthe, and it reynede not thre yeeris and sixe monethis.
- Wycliffe Bible

Elijah was a man like affected as we, and with prayer he did pray -- not to rain, and it did not rain upon the land three years and six months;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 5:17


5:17 Elijah was a man of like passions - Naturally as weak and sinful as we are. And he prayed - When idolatry covered the land.


People's Bible Notes for James 5:17


Jas 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are. Jas 5:16 has affirmed the power of the prayer of a righteous man. An example of its power is now given. Elijah was a man like ourselves, yet great results followed his prayer. See 1Ki 17:1 and following chapters. He prayed earnestly that it might not rain. No mention is made in the Old Testament of the prayer, but it is announced prophetically. He prayed, either before or after, that rain might be withheld until Israel repented. And it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. See Lu 4:25 In the Old Testament the time is not exactly stated. "In the third year" the Lord spoke to Elijah about rain, 1Ki 18:1 but we are not informed whether the beginning of the "third year" was when rain ceased to fall, or when he went to Zarephath. It is probable that the latter is meant.

Discussion for James 5:17

  • Elijah was a man like us subject to temptation,but I strongly believe that he did not yield to the temptation of sin. The same Elijah said Scripture says 2 Kings 5:16. But he said, As the LORD lives, before whom I stand..... So, I would rather say that Elijah was a man like us, faced with the same temptations that we face, but was a man who gave himself to personal fellowship and communion with God. He had a right standing with God so he could decree things and have it established.
  • David okoli for verse 17
    Elias was a man subject to temptations. He was not so spiritual he was subject, i.e. he could be drawn away by lustful passions but he prayed and it did not rain. Because with faith, all things are possible.

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