James 5:16
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New International Version
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

New Living Translation
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

English Standard Version
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore confess the sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man being made effective prevails much.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.

International Standard Version
Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

NET Bible
So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerfully effective.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But be confessing your offenses one to another, and pray one for another to be healed, for the power of the prayer which a righteous person prays is great.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Confess your faults one to another and pray one for another that ye may be whole. The effectual prayer of the righteous is very powerful.

King James 2000 Bible
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

American King James Version
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
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.

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
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;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:12-18 The sin of swearing is condemned; but how many make light of common profane swearing! Such swearing expressly throws contempt upon God's name and authority. This sin brings neither gain, nor pleasure, nor reputation, but is showing enmity to God without occasion and without advantage It shows a man to be an enemy to God, however he pretends to call himself by his name, or sometimes joins in acts of worship. But the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. In a day of affliction nothing is more seasonable than prayer. The spirit is then most humble, and the heart is broken and tender. It is necessary to exercise faith and hope under afflictions; and prayer is the appointed means for obtaining and increasing these graces. Observe, that the saving of the sick is not ascribed to the anointing with oil, but to prayer. In a time of sickness it is not cold and formal prayer that is effectual, but the prayer of faith. The great thing we should beg of God for ourselves and others in the time of sickness is, the pardon of sin. Let nothing be done to encourage any to delay, under the mistaken fancy that a confession, a prayer, a minister's absolution and exhortation, or the sacrament, will set all right at last, where the duties of a godly life have been disregarded. To acknowledge our faults to each other, will tend greatly to peace and brotherly love. And when a righteous person, a true believer, justified in Christ, and by his grace walking before God in holy obedience, presents an effectual fervent prayer, wrought in his heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, raising holy affections and believing expectations and so leading earnestly to plead the promises of God at his mercy-seat, it avails much. The power of prayer is proved from the history of Elijah. In prayer we must not look to the merit of man, but to the grace of God. It is not enough to say a prayer, but we must pray in prayer. Thoughts must be fixed, desires must be firm and ardent, and graces exercised. This instance of the power of prayer, encourages every Christian to be earnest in prayer. God never says to any of the seed of Jacob, Seek my face in vain. Where there may not be so much of miracle in God's answering our prayers, yet there may be as much of grace.
Study Bible
The Prayer of Faith
15And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail. 17Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:23
Abraham came near and said, "Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

Genesis 20:17
Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children.

1 Samuel 12:17
"Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call to the LORD, that He may send thunder and rain. Then you will know and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the LORD by asking for yourselves a king."

1 Kings 13:6
The king said to the man of God, "Please entreat the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me." So the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king's hand was restored to him, and it became as it was before.

2 Chronicles 30:20
So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

Job 42:8
"Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has."

Jeremiah 42:2
and said to Jeremiah the prophet, "Please let our petition come before you, and pray for us to the LORD your God, that is for all this remnant; because we are left but a few out of many, as your own eyes now see us,

Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Mark 1:5
People went out to him from all of Jerusalem and the countryside of Judea. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.
Treasury of Scripture

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Confess.

Genesis 41:9,10 Then spoke the chief butler to Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my …

2 Samuel 19:19 And said to the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity to me…

Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Matthew 18:15-17 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

Luke 7:3,4 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent to him the elders of the Jews, …

Acts 19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

pray.

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

1 Thessalonians 5:17,23,25 Pray without ceasing…

Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things …

that.

Genesis 20:17 So Abraham prayed to God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, …

2 Chronicles 30:20 And the LORD listened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

Luke 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, …

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

The effectual.

Genesis 18:23-32 And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous …

Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, …

Genesis 20:7,17 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and …

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: …

Exodus 9:28,29,33 Entreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty …

Exodus 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: …

Exodus 32:10-14 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, …

Numbers 11:2 And the people cried to Moses; and when Moses prayed to the LORD, …

Numbers 14:13-20 And Moses said to the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for …

Numbers 21:7-9 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for …

Deuteronomy 9:18-20 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and …

Joshua 10:12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered …

1 Samuel 12:18 So Samuel called to the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain …

1 Kings 13:6 And the king answered and said to the man of God, Entreat now the …

1 Kings 17:18-24 And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O you man of …

2 Kings 4:33-35 He went in therefore, and shut the door on them two, and prayed to the LORD…

2 Kings 19:15-20 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, …

2 Kings 20:2-5 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the LORD, saying…

2 Chronicles 14:11,12 And Asa cried to the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing …

2 Chronicles 32:20-22 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the …

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to …

Psalm 10:17,18 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 145:18,19 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on …

Proverbs 15:8,29 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

Daniel 2:18-23 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret…

Daniel 9:20-22 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and …

Hosea 12:3,4 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength …

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

Luke 11:11-13 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he …

Luke 18:1-8 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper …

Acts 4:24-31 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with …

Acts 12:5-11 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing …

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

a righteous.

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the …

Hebrews 11:4,7 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, …

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