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

  • Dennis
    In reading 1 John, Chapter 1 I am so thankful that we have repentence in the
    cross of Christ. To be forgiven forever from past,present and especially for future iniquities is the real key to salvation. We do not have to work for it. It's not like a golf club where they select you based on who you know and your wealth. We come as we are. With all the imperfections of man. God Loves us. He forgives
  • Norah
    The moment i read and understanding came into me concerning John1:1,i accepted that i was a sinner ,i repented of my sins,accepted the blood of the lamb to cleanse me,and i hv never been the same again.The joy of salvation in Christ Jesus keeps me going regardless of the situations around me,i hv never regretted why i got saved.make adecision now for time is over,the messiah is coming,shaom.
  • David Rax
    god is so wounderfull that he gave us his rules or commandments in order for us to be saved and enter the kingdom of god.he is a very wounderful.
  • Addis
    I believe if we have a real fellowship with God the father and Jesus, we would want to live righteous because we want to sin no more. So, our sinfull nature would make us continue to sin but we are forgiven of all past, present and future sins and we just have to have real repentance each time we sin. Our fellowhip with God will makevus hate to sin.
  • Theresa Patterson
    If we are in the light there is peace, truth and love and joy in the light and we have fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. That is something Iam longing for.
  • Betty Clapper
    God is the way and the truth,