James 5:19
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New International Version
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,

New Living Translation
My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back,

English Standard Version
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,

New American Standard Bible
My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back,

King James Bible
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back,

International Standard Version
My brothers, if one of you wanders away from the truth and somebody brings him back,

NET Bible
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone turns him back,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My brethren, if any of you will stray from the way of truth, and a man restore him from his error,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My brothers and sisters, if one of you wanders from the truth, someone can bring that person back.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Brethren, if any of you have erred from the truth, and someone should convert him;

King James 2000 Bible
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

American King James Version
Brothers, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

American Standard Version
My brethren, if any among you err from the truth, and one convert him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
My brethren, if any of you err from the truth, and one convert him:

Darby Bible Translation
My brethren, if any one among you err from the truth, and one bring him back,

English Revised Version
My brethren, if any among you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

Webster's Bible Translation
Brethren, if any one of you should err from the truth, and one should convert him;

Weymouth New Testament
My brethren, if one of you strays from the truth and some one brings him back,

World English Bible
Brothers, if any among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,

Young's Literal Translation
Brethren, if any among you may go astray from the truth, and any one may turn him back,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:19,20 It is no mark of a wise or holy man, to boast of being free from error, or to refuse to acknowledge an error. And there is some doctrinal mistake at the bottom of every practical mistake. There is no one habitually bad, but upon some bad principle. This is conversion; to turn a sinner from the error of his ways, not merely from one party to another, or from one notion and way of thinking to another. There is no way effectually and finally to hide sin, but forsaking it. Many sins are hindered in the party converted; many also may be so in others whom he may influence. The salvation of one soul is of infinitely greater importance than preserving the lives of multitudes, or promoting the welfare of a whole people. Let us in our several stations keep these things in mind, sparing no pains in God's service, and the event will prove that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. For six thousand years He has been multiplying pardons, and yet his free grace is not tired nor grown weary. Certainly Divine mercy is an ocean that is ever full and ever flowing. May the Lord give us a part in this abundant mercy, through the blood of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Final exhortation; introduced, as was the opening one (James 1:2), by the emphatic "my brethren." The Received Text omits μου, but it is found in א, A, B, K, Vulgate.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth,.... Either from Christ, who is the truth, by departing from him, forsaking his ways, worship, and ordinances; or from the Scriptures of truth, not speaking according to them, and embracing notions that are contrary unto them; or from the Gospel, the word of truth, from the doctrine of faith, and from uprightness of life and conversation, after having made a profession of Christianity; for this is to be understood of one who has embraced the Christian religion, become a member of a church, and has walked in the path of truth and holiness, but now fallen into error, either in principle, or in practice, or both:

and one convert him; or turn him from his error, to truth again; for this designs not first conversion, or the turning of a sinner from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, and from the evil of a man's heart and ways and from a dependence on his own righteousness, to the Lord Jesus Christ, to look to him for righteousness, life, and salvation, which is wholly and entirely God's work, and not man's; but conversion after backslidings; for a restoration from a fallen condition is sometimes so called, Psalm 51:1 and which one brother may be an instrument of to another, by showing him, and setting before him, the evil of his errors, whether in principle or practice; and by instructing him in the doctrines of the Gospel, and in the duties of religion; and by reproving him in meekness, and according to the rules of Christ; which means are sometimes blessed for the gaining of such; and which may be called conversion: and also, this is sometimes done by praying for him; and which seems chiefly to be intended here; for from praying for the healing of the diseases of the body, the apostle proceeds to encourage the saints to pray for one another, for the healing of the diseases of the mind; and suggests, that if prayer avails to the one, it may to the other; and which is the most desirable, and the greatest blessing, as follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. The blessing of reclaiming an erring sinner by the mutual consent and intercessory prayer just recommended.

do err—more literally, "be led astray."

the truth—the Gospel doctrine and precepts.

one—literally, "any"; as "any" before. Everyone ought to seek the salvation of everyone [Bengel].

James 5:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Restoring a Sinner
19My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20let 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.
Cross References
Matthew 18:15
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 5:2
He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.

James 1:16
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

James 3:14
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
Treasury of Scripture

Brothers, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

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2 Timothy 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection …

2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

and one.

James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of …

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