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

  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 5:2 BY THIS WE KNOW THAT WE LOVE THE CHILDREN OF GOD WHEN WE LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS 1 JOHN 4:6 WE ARE OF GOD HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH US NOT HEREBY KNOW WE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR PSALM 44:21 SHALL NOT GOD SEARCH THIS OUT FOR HE KNOWETH THE SECRETS OF THE HEART JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDENTS
  • Alex
    the 1st glimpse of the kingdom, the trinity was in the ark of the covenant IN THE MOST HOLYPLACE where the father dwelt between tHE 2 churibim oF GLORY,GOD WD NOT SHARE HIS GLORY WITH THE 2 CHURIBIM UNLESS THEY WERE ALL RELATED AS FATHER SON AND GRANSON JUST AS JESSE DAVID AND SOLOMON WERE ALL RELATED AS FATHER SON AND GRANSON BUT 1 KINGDOM also abraham isaac and jacob were father son and granson
  • Alex
    Abraham means exaulted father he was a type of God the father in that he offered up his only son isaac a type of christ then came Jacob the granson type of tHE H.G. God used this Abrahamic trinity to initiate the NATION OF ISRAEL just as the heavenly trinity will initiate the Israel of GOD meaning the PROMISE, THE MULTIPLICATION OF VERY GOD IN HUMANITY, Twas jacobs name that was changed to Israel
  • Lilian
    For there are three record on this earth the God the word and the Holy Ghosts these three are agree in one. Jesus and Abba Father speaks one word and one wisdom Jesus is God who came in flesh so that you and me will have life in abundance praise you Jesus amen
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:21 FOR AS THE FATHER RAISETH UP THE DEAD AND QUICKENETH THEM EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT --I SPEAK--UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE REVELATION 19:13 AND HE WAS CLOTHED WITH A VESTURE DIPPED IN BLOOD AND HIS NAME IS CALLED --- THE WORD OF GOD --- PSALM 119:50 THIS IS MY COMFORT IN MY AFFLICTION FOR THY WORD HATH QUICKENED ME --- ROMANS 8:11 BUT IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU --- ACTS 13:30 BUT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD --- PSALM 119:88 QUICKEN ME AFTER THY LOVINGKINDNESS SO SHALL I KEEP THE TESTIMONIES OF THY MOUTH REVELATION 19:10 AND I FELL AT HIS FEET TO WORSHIP HIM AND HE SAID UNTO ME SEE THOU DO IT NOT I AM THY FELLOWSERVANT AND OF THY BRETHREN THAT HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS WORSHIP GOD --- FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY 1 JOHN 2:29 IF YOU KNOW THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS YOU THAT EVERYONE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS --BORN OF HIM--
  • 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.

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