1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If we confesse our sinnes, hee is faithfull, & iust to forgiue vs our sinnes, and to cleanse vs from all vnrighteousnesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If we say openly that we have done wrong, he is upright and true to his word, giving us forgiveness of sins and making us clean from all evil.
- Basic English Bible

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Darby Bible

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Webster's Bible

If we confess our sins, He is so faithful and just that He forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
- Weymouth Bible

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- World English Bible

If we knowlechen oure synnes, he is feithful and iust, that he foryyue to vs oure synnes, and clense vs from al wickidnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

if we may confess our sins, stedfast He is and righteous that He may forgive us the sins, and may cleanse us from every unrighteousness;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 1:9


1:9 But if with a penitent and believing heart, we confess our sins, he is faithful - Because he had promised this blessing, by the unanimous voice of all his prophets. Just - Surely then he will punish: no; for this very reason he will pardon. This may seem strange; but upon the evangelical principle of atonement and redemption, it is undoubtedly true; because, when the debt is paid, or the purchase made, it is the part of equity to cancel the bond, and consign over the purchased possession. Both to forgive us our sins - To take away all the guilt of them. And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness - To purify our souls from every kind and every degree of it.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 1:9


1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sins. Instead of affirming that we are sinless we should confess our sins. He is faithful and just. If we confess our sins the Lord will be "faithful" to his promise of mercy, and "just" in requiring us to have the atonement of Christ, "to forgive us our sins".

Discussion for 1 John 1

  • Rosetta
    When we walk in the light know that you will have things (people) try to hinder you just remember God is here for you
  • J. Susan Lewellen
    After such a difficult 10 days as a teacher, I came before the LORD in confession of my weakness and found the following: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." There are no words to explain the peace that washed gently over this child of Almighty God!
  • Dania Pilier
    It says that God sends rain to both the good and bad. How merciful is he!!
  • Michael C.
    1 John 1:5-7 Jesus Christ is the Word of Life from the beginning with God. The Word of Life from the beginning was for reconciliation and re-creation of man, through the Anointed come in flesh by the woman. Fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and fellowship with each other is the thing aimed at in our redemption in Christ. Walking in the Light means walking in Truth, in agreement.
  • Kathie
    Well, I absolutely love John. His words so very pure and rightly professed. Amazing life; he has so very much to say to us today. God amazes me more
  • Ulysses McCall
    When we fulfill Jesus's commandment our lives is so much better. So when we walk in light our Savior and Lord is well please with us.