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James 5:19

    James 5:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My brothers, if one of you has gone out of the way of the true faith and another has made him see his error,

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on James 5:19

    Err from the truth - Stray away from the Gospel of Christ; and one convert him - reclaim him from his error, and bring him back to the fold of Christ.

    Barnes' Notes on James 5:19

    Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth - Either doctrinally and speculatively, by embracing error; or practically, by falling into sinful practices. Either of these may be called "erring from the truth," because they are contrary to what the truth teaches and requires. What is here said does not appear to have any connection with what precedes, but the apostle seems to have supposed that such a case might occur; and, in the conclusion of the Epistle, he called their attention to the importance of endeavoring to save an erring brother, if such an instance should happen. The exhortation would be proper in addressing a letter to any church, or in publicly addressing any congregation.

    And one convert him - This does not mean "convert him as a sinner, or regenerate him," but turn him from the error of his way; bring him back from his wanderings; re-establish him in the truth, and in the practice of virtue and religion. So far as the word used here is concerned, ἐπιστρέψῃ epistrepsē he who had erred from the truth, and who was to be converted, may have been a true Christian before. The word means simply to turn, sc., from his way of error. See the notes at Luke 22:32.

    Wesley's Notes on James 5:19

    5:19 As if he had said, I have now warned you of those sins to which you are most liable; and, in all these respects, watch not only over yourselves, but every one over his brother also. Labour, in particular, to recover those that are fallen. If any one err from the truth - Practically, by sin.