Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him…
There are cases on record in medical history, in which the perfect peace of a soul entirely prepared for either alternative has actually arrested the march of disease, and made the patient literally out of weakness strong. There are cases on record in which it has been said by the physician to the sufferer, desirous to depart and to be with Christ: "Sir, in this state of joyous anticipation you cannot die." There are oases on record in which, according to promise, "the prayer of faith has saved the sick"; no other force even suggested as adequate to account for the victory of life over death, when physicians had withdrawn themselves from further effort, and could but watch inactive beside the bed of suffering.
(C. J. Vaughan, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: