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

  • Dan
    The Message god is light the purpose of the message that we might have the fellowship with him and his Son Jesus Christ how if we keep his commandments 3-23 We believe that Jesus is his Son And love one another then God who is light Dwells in us and we in him 3-24 Then we have fellowship with him and his son we are no longer the ungodly because God Dwells in us we no longer walk in darkness
  • Iola johnson
    Jesus is the light of the world once we accept him as our forgiving father we cannot walk on dark ness
  • Christian Tsen
    If we are with God, there is nothing to worry about. We have to walk with our God until the end so we will have the eternal life. God gave us his only begotten son to save us from sin and we have to be praise Him for all the things that He has made to us. Praise God!
  • Anonymous
    This scripture is saying that if we walk in the Light that we've fellow-ship with Christ, and continually walk with Him, we cannot be asking for forgiveness and continued to sin. 1Jn chapter1:10 If we say that we have not sinned,we make him a liar,and his word is not in us. Our focus should be continually be about Christ His glorious Light!!!!
  • Lilian
    Jesus himself is the word of God he who loves him will keep his commandments we are saved by his Grace and we are pardoned. All he needs from us is obedience to his words. Jesus is enough to have everything ..Amen
  • 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.