Text: James 5:12–18 (NKJV)
12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
17 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 land for three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.
Hebrews 6:13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,
Matthew 26:63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”
James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
Is any among you afflicted? KJV
Is any one of you in trouble? NIV
Are any of you suffering hardships? NLT
Psalm 50:15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
Psalm 91:15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
Deuteronomy 6:10–12 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full—12 then beware, LEST YOU FORGET the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick [weak or without strength]? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is WEAK.”
Romans 4:19 And not being WEAK in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
(KJ3) Is any among you feeble?
(JM-NT) Is anyone among you continually without strength?
BBE – putting oil on him in the name of the Lord.
CLT – rubbing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord
″The view that James speaks of healing from spiritual sickness is supported by the strongest historical evidence. There is not a single piece of evidence from the first three hundred years of church history indicating that this passage was understood to speak of physical sickness and healing.″
Galatians 6:9 And let us not GROW WEARY while doing good, for in due season we shall reap IF WE DO NOT LOSE HEART.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 But as for you, brethren, DO NOT GROW WEARY in doing good.
Matthew 13:21 But he has no root in himself and DOES NOT ENDURE; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately HE FALLS AWAY.
James 5:19–20 My brethren, if any among you STRAYS FROM THE TRUTH, and one turns him back,20 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.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, UPHOLD THE WEAK, be patient with all.
12 “For thus says the Lord: Your hurt is incurable, and your wound is grievous.
13 There is none to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you.
14 All your lovers have forgotten you; they care nothing for you; for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy, the punishment of a merciless foe, because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant.
15 Why do you cry out over your hurt? Your pain is incurable. Because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you.
16 Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured, and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who plunder you shall be plundered, and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’
″The command, therefore, is not to pour oil on anyone’s head, an action that would provide no benefit or spiritual strength. The point is that when a brother is weak, he should call on the elders and they should strengthen him.″
James 5:15 And the prayer of faith [″the prayer offered in faith″ NIV] will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
James 5:15 (YLT) and the prayer of the faith SHALL SAVE THE DISTRESSED ONE, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if sins he may have committed, they shall be forgiven to him.
James 5:15 (Rotherham) And, the prayer of faith, SHALL SAVE THE EXHAUSTED ONE, and the Lord will raise him up, and, if he have committed, sins, it shall be forgiven him.
James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
James 5:17–18 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 land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and THE EARTH PRODUCED ITS FRUIT.