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

  • Insight777
    secular example of trinity: I am on a computer typing a message, spirit, that I exist. I am one with the computer when I type
  • Redeemed
    1 John 5:7 God is a Spirit, the Word is Spirit and the Holy Spirit is Spirit. The Word which is Spirit came forth from Spirit to be made flesh and dwell among us though he were rich he became poor for our sake to take our sins upon him and give his life for us to redeem and reconcile us back to Spirit. Now the Lord is that Spirit, now what is the Lords name, who art thou Lord I am "Jesus" one Lord
  • A disciple
    (14-16) We know from other places in the Gospels where Jesus said that whatever we desire when we pray, believe that we receive and we shall have them. But this part, I think, has to do specifically with the business of souls; and in the same area as having charge of the keys of the kingdom, to bind or loose in Jesus' name; and to pronounce forgiveness and remission, or that the sin is retained.
  • A disciple
    "..By water and blood.. and it is the Spirit that bears witness.." There can be no cleansing from filth without the water; and there must be blood to make atonement; and the Spirit confirms either good or bad according to truth. Truth witnesses the appearance of the Son of God in the flesh as complete with respect to the ruin of man by sin, by the slaughter on Golgotha; and God's mercy glorified.
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 5:3 FOR THIS IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GREIVOUS JOHN 15:5 I AM THE VINE YOU ARE THE BRANCHES HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME AND I IN HIM THE SAME BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT --- FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING ---
  • Mikey
    5:19 helps us to identify who the ruler of the world is. Who is “the wicked one”? Satan the Devil.

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