Exception 2011-09-27 23:02:52,088[Thread-22]ERROR SubscriptionXmlService -Failed to query account : java.sql.SQLException: Can not issue executeUpdate() for SELECTs java.lang.RuntimeException: java.sql.SQLException: Can not issue executeUpdate() for SELECTs at com.infuze.service.subscription.workflow.SyncSubscriptionTrackerWorkflow.executeProcess(SyncSubscriptionTrackerWorkflow.java:130) at com.infuze.service.workflow.WorkflowExecutor.execute(WorkflowExecutor.java:24) at com.infuze.service.subscription.xml.SubscriptionXmlService.syncTracker(SubscriptionXmlService.java:140) at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method) at Caused by: java.sql.SQLException: Can not issue executeUpdate() for SELECTs at com.mysql.jdbc.SQLError.createSQLException(SQLError.java:1073) at com.mysql.jdbc.SQLError.createSQLException(SQLError.java:987) at com.mysql.jdbc.SQLError.createSQLException(SQLError.java:982) at com.mysql.jdbc.SQLError.createSQLException(SQLError.java:927) at com.mysql.jdbc.PreparedStatement.executeUpdate(PreparedStatement.java:2373)   Example Code public SubscriptionDto getSubscription(String subscriptionGuid) throws SQLException { Connection conn = null; PreparedStatement ps = null; ResultSet rs = null; Exception ex = null; SubscriptionDto subDto = null; try { log.debug("subscription guid" + subscriptionGuid); conn = dataSource.getConnection(); ps = conn .prepareStatement("select id,created,updated,access_token,token_secret,status,guid,service_id from subscriptions subs where subs.guid = ?"); ps.setString(1, subscriptionGuid); ResultSet rst = ps.executeQuery(); while (rst.next()) { subDto = new SubscriptionDto(); subDto.setId(rst.getLong("id")); subDto.setCreated(rst.getDate("created")); subDto.setUpdated(rst.getDate("updated")); subDto.setAccessToken(rst.getString("access_token")); subDto.setAccessTokenSecret(rst.getString("token_secret")); subDto.setStatus(rst.getString("status")); subDto.setGuid(rst.getString("guid")); subDto.setServiceId(rst.getInt("service_id")); } ps.executeUpdate(); //  problem is here log.debug("tracker updated successfully"); } catch (SQLException e) { ex = e; log.error("sql error occured while updating  subscription tracker" + subscriptionGuid, e); } catch (Exception e) { ex = e; log.error("error occured  while updating subscription trakcer" + subscriptionGuid, e); } finally { closeDBObjects(conn, ps, rs); checkException(ex); } return subDto; } Solution Check your code , for example in the above snippet we should be calling ps.execute() and not ps.executeUpdate() as the sql is a select  and not an insert/delete/update.