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 1:9

  • Adelani solomon for verse 9
    jesus died for our future sins.he died wen those living now were nt yet born.confessing ones sin means humility n an agreement wt christ provision,as all our sins are taken care for.1john2:1-2
  • I believe that we must confess all our sins to God. I don 't believe that this falls under works. I believe this is out of love for what Christ has done for us on the cross and to repent of our sins which is to turn from sin and to turn to God. This is not works this is choice. We do this out of conviction of our sin because God is in us.
  • salvation is not by works but by grace. only the blood of jesus can cleansed sins. if you feel that only by repentance can you be cleansed then what you are saying is that sin still has control over your destiny and that is not possible since jesus defeated sin when he was resurrected. it is witten "sin shall have no dominion over you ". this does not mean that you will not sin but that sin does not determine your future.
  • The comments were inlighting, If we are true to ourselves,and confess that hidden, seceret sin,He will forgive us,no matter what He is faithful and just, He will always keep His promise. You will feel better knowing that you have been cleansed and set free. No one else can do this for you but Christ. Be Blessed
  • jesus died for our salvation healing and forgiveness but we have to appropriate salvation by receiving jesus.it is not an automatic.people who say I don 't have to confess my sins must also believe that they are saved since jesus provided it don 't have to receive jesus.this is error you are healed saved forgiven but you have to make a withdrawal by acting confessing sin.faith without works is dead reply to Arthur comments
  • Brian Harvey for verse 9
    This verse is about the problem of broken fellowship and this should not to be confused with sonship. As a child of God through the new birth I am eternally His child. Just as I am a child in the Harvey family forever. There were times though my fellowship was broken or strained when I was sinful or unappreciated my parents. The same is possible with God or brothers or sisters It 's then I need to be humble and honest and self examination with the help of the holy spirit tells me I am wrong. Then I obtain restoration by owning up to my sin my pride my faults, and enjoy the fellowship once again. I belive that if you read the chapter and ask does this fit with the rest ofcthe chapter and contextually is this explanation a fit? You can accept or dismiss this conclusion, moreover practice it! Behold what manner of love the Father has set before us that we should be called the children of God.