James 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let him know, that hee which conuerteth the sinner from the errour of his way, shall saue a soule from death, and shall hide a multitude of sinnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

let him know, that he who converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be certain that he through whom a sinner has been turned from the error of his way, keeps a soul from death and is the cause of forgiveness for sins without number.
- Basic English Bible

let him know that he that brings back a sinner from [the] error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins.
- Darby Bible

Let him know, that he who converteth a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death, and will hide a multitude of sins.
- Webster's Bible

let him know that he who brings a sinner back from his evil ways will save the man's soul from death and throw a veil over a multitude of sins.
- Weymouth Bible

let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.
- World English Bible

he owith to wite, that he that makith a synner to be turned fro the errour of his weye, schal saue the soule of hym fro deth, and keuereth the multitude of synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

let him know that he who did turn back a sinner from the straying of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 5:20


5:20 He shall save a soul - Of how much more value than the body! #Jas 5:14|. And hide a multitude of sins - Which shall no more, how many soever they are, be remembered to his condemnation.


People's Bible Notes for James 5:20


Jas 5:20 Let him know. As an inducement to engage in this work of love let him know how great a work has been done. Save a soul from death. Not physical but eternal death. Hide a multitude of sins. The sins of those forgiven are said to be covered or hidden. This passage means that all the sins of the restored sinner, though many, shall be blotted out. See Ps 32:1.

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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