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

  • Geraldine Cole
    What a wonderful word a word that will left up our spirits to give us hope that we are very much love by the Lord Jesus Amen
  • Dania Pilier
    It says that God sends rain to both the good and bad. How merciful is he!!
  • 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
  • Victor Thompson
    God is good. I find John's writing to be so refreshing, concise and encouraging. God is good!
  • 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.