Exegetical Notes on James 5:13-16

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James 5:13–16 (ESV)

Is anyone among you suffering? (kakopathei)

            Let him pray[1].

Is anyone cheerful? (euthumei)

            Let him sing praise.

Is anyone among you sick? (asthenei)

            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.

 

            And the prayer of faith will

                        Save (sosei) the one who is sick,

                        and the Lord will raise him up[2].

                        And if he has committed sins,

                                    he will be forgiven.

Therefore,

            confess your sins to one another

            and pray for one another,

                        that you may be healed (iathete).

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

 

Interpretation:

Primary issue: Does this “sick” in verse 14 refer to “spiritual” or “physical” sickness? One’s decision…

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