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 5:16

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  • Jean Norris for verse 16
    John 16 9 "of sin because they believe not on me " Rejecting Jesus would be a sin unto death.
  • Sunday Chukwuemeka for verse 16
    A christian bother may need prayers when he is down with a problem or a sickness.So, when his problem attracts other brothers for prayers,God who has the power to classify sins would reveal to them whether they should pray or not.No Christian brother can detect the class of sin of a fellow brother by his own observation and inspection.The case of Ananias and saphira is a good example of sin unto death.Classing sins is a holyghost affair.We cannot ask him why he judged Ananias & Saphira that way and overlook some that are stealing church money because He is all knowing.
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 16
    All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not unto death. We that are spiritual are to seek to restore in the spirit of meekness, less we be tempted, the one who has committed a sin not leading to death. Matthew 12:31 refers to that generation that rejected Jesus Christ, they committed the sin unto death. It is true if you die in unbelief, you have committed the sin of blasphemy. We will only know once we get to heaven, and stand before the Savior who shall declare what every man shall receive. We are to examine ourselves, and see that we are in the Faith. These things are written that we sin not, but if any man sins we have an Advocate with the Father, who is Jesus Christ, the righteous one.
  • Anonymous for verse 16
    Most people don't understand that the meaning of death is "seperation". obviously when we die we are seperated from our body but when we aren't alive spiritually we are dead to God, we are seperated from Him, until we gain the life that He so freely offers. when we die we no longer have the option to choose God or man so we have to make that desicion while we still can. God is waiting for us to make that movve to join Him in His Kingdom forever
  • Deacon Jones for verse 16
    I believe 1Jn5:16 is referring to physical death, while Mat12:31 is referring to spiritual death. I would like to see other thoughts on it.

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