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16 So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.[a] 17 Elijah was a human being[b] like us, and he prayed earnestly[c] that it would not rain and there was no rain on the land for three years and six months!

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  1. James 5:16 tn Or “the fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful”; Grk “is very powerful in its working.”
  2. James 5:17 tn Although it is certainly true that Elijah was a “man,” here ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos) has been translated as “human being” because the emphasis in context is not on Elijah’s masculine gender, but on the common humanity he shared with the author and the readers.
  3. James 5:17 tn Grk “he prayed with prayer” (using a Hebrew idiom to show intensity).