1 John 5:16

“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If any man see his brother sinne a sinne which is not vnto death, hee shall aske, and he shall giue him life for them that sinne not vnto death. There is a sinne vnto death: I doe not say that he shall pray for it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not {leading} to death, he shall ask and {God} will for him give life to those who commit sin not {leading} to death. There is a sin {leading} to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If any man see his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and `God' will give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: not concerning this do I say that he should make request.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a man sees his brother doing a sin which is not bad enough for death, let him make a prayer to God, and God will give life to him whose sin was not bad enough for death. There is a sin whose punishment is death: I do not say that he may make such a request then.
- Basic English Bible

If any one see his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life, for those that do not sin unto death. There is a sin to death: I do not say of that that he should make a request.
- Darby Bible

If any man shall see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall ask, and he will give him life for them that sin not to death. There is a sin to death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
- Webster's Bible

If any one sees a brother man committing a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask and God shall give him life--for those who do not sin unto death. There is such a thing as sin unto death; for that I do not bid him make request.
- Weymouth Bible

If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death. I don't say that he should make a request concerning this.
- World English Bible

He that woot that his brother synneth a synne not to deth, axe he, and lijf schal be youun to hym that synneth not to deth. Ther is a synne to deth; `not for it Y seie, that ony man preie.
- Wycliffe Bible

If any one may see his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give to him life to those sinning not unto death; there is sin to death, not concerning it do I speak that he may beseech;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:16


5:16 This extends to things of the greatest importance. If any one see his brother - That is. any man. Sin a sin which is not unto death - That is, any sin but total apostasy from both the power and form of godliness. Let him ask, and God will give him life - Pardon and spiritual life, for that sinner. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for that - That is, let him not pray for it. A sin unto death may likewise mean, one which God has determined to punish with death.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:16


1Jo 5:16 If a man see his brother sin a sin. Then a brother can be overtaken by sin. Not unto death. There is a sin not unto death, and one unto death. The sin described in Heb 6:4-6 is evidently unto death; that described in Ga 6:1 is one not unto death. In the latter case the sinners can be restored, and we may pray for them with the assurance that they will be. This implies both work and prayer.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • Brother Daniel FC
    It is not meant to be an insult: it just states a fact. To a Disciple. When I ask someone: how much is 1 1 1? and tells me he doesn t know, I say he she is ignorant or uneducated. Then, if I tell him that 1 1 1 3 and he says: I don t believe it, I say he is an non-believer. But: if he tries to explain to me that 1 1 1 1 I say he she has a mental challenge.
  • A disciple
    "And this is the confidence that we have in him that if we ask any thing according to his will he hears us: and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." And then John goes on to talk about recovering one that sinned. Jesus has given us the keys of the kingdom of heaven in our confession and faith, for binding and loosing on earth.
  • A disciple
    Brother Daniel F; what do you mean by, "I think some people have mental problems not spiritual..." ?
  • Brother Daniel F
    Jhn 20:17 Jesus replied, "Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" I think some people have mental problems not spiritual...
  • BSP
    Verse 3: If we truly love God, we will obey his commandments.
  • Franklin E. Tompkins Sr.
    This verse is not found in most other Bibles.

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