1 John 1:8

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If we say that we haue no sinne, we deceiue our selues, and the trueth is not in vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If we say that we have no sin, we are false to ourselves and there is nothing true in us.
- Basic English Bible

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- Darby Bible

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- Webster's Bible

If we claim to be already free from sin, we lead ourselves astray and the truth has no place in our hearts.
- Weymouth Bible

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- World English Bible

If we seien, that we han no synne, we disseyuen vs silf, and treuthe is not in vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

if we may say -- `we have not sin,' ourselves we lead astray, and the truth is not in us;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 1:8


1:8 If we say - Any child of man, before his blood has cleansed us. We have no sin - To be cleansed from, instead of confessing our sins, #1Jo 1:9|, the truth is not in us - Neither in our mouth nor in our heart.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 1:8


1Jo 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. To say that we have reached a sinless state in which we no longer need the blood of Christ to cleanse us is a deception. This language is in square opposition to the claims of the "Perfectionists" of all ages.

Discussion for 1 John 1

  • George Medina
    The bible is the living word of God, 1 John and the rest of the bible shows God love for us. But we must begin at the beginning. Repent, turn to God, ask for forgiveness, ask him to give us his holy Spirit and begin to live like a person who has repented of his former lifestyle. For God so loved you he gave his only begotten Son to be crucified for you that you believing might be saved. God is lov
  • Irene123
    To Bruce - Thank-you for taking the time to answer my query about "..... you will know; impossible not to know." I've known for2 1/2 yrs.; I'm just sorry you couldn't help me more (had I not already been saved) by giving me salvation scripture - such as Matt.28:19 and Acts 2:37-38.
  • Steve morrow
    Robert --- proverbs 6:20 my son keep thy fathers commandment and forsake not the law of thy mother 21 bind them continually upon thine heart and tie them around thy neck 22when thou goest it shall lead thee when thou sleepest it shall keep thee and when thou awakest it shall talk with thee 23 for the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life
  • Bruce
    Only you can answer that question. If you feel in your heart he's calling you letting you know you're wrong you need salvation. Call on him while he is near just say Lord I'm sorry,forgive me just like 1st John 1:9. If he enters your heart you will be changed! 2 Corinthians5:17
  • ROBERT
    I HAVE BEEN READING JOHN 1 PAST 3 MORNINGS DONT KNOW MUCH ABOUT BIBLE IS GOD SPEEKING TO ME
  • Isaac
    It is beautifully expressed by John how even though we are saved by accepting the Bible truths, we have a way of keeping track of our spiritual condition of heart. Even Peter admitted his sin of denial of Jesus. The blood of Jesus keeps us continually clean as far as eternal security, though we wash our feet daily as we move from glory to glory.