JAMES 5:16

“Confess your faults one to another”



This verse speaks to the power of prayer and forgiveness. It tells us to pray from one another. Confess your sins to one another so we may be healed again. A heartfelt prayer from a well-intentioned Christian can be very effective.

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“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.”

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James 5:16 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Confess ἐξομολογεῖσθε To acknowledge or (by implication, of assent) agree fully Confess
your (No Greek definition. English implied.)
faults παραπτώματα, A side-slip (lapse or deviation), i.e., (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression faults
one to another, ἀλλήλοις One another one another
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
pray εὔχεσθε To wish; by implication, to pray to God pray
one ἀλλήλων One another one
for ὑπὲρ "over", i.e., (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than for
another, ἀλλήλων One another another
that ὅπως What(-ever) how, i.e., in the manner that (as adverb or conjunction of coincidence, intentional or actual) that
ye may be healed. ἰαθῆτε To cure (literally or figuratively) healed
The effectual fervent ἐνεργουμένη To be active, efficient effectual fervent
prayer δέησις A petition prayer
of a righteous man δικαίου Equitable (in character or act); by implication, innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively) righteous man
availeth ἰσχύει To have (or exercise) force (literally or figuratively) availeth
much. πολὺ (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverbial, largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely much

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  • 14  Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

  • 16  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.

  • 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.

  • 18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.


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