1 John 5:16
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New International Version
If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.

New Living Translation
If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.

English Standard Version
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.

Berean Study Bible
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he should ask God, who will give life to those who commit this kind of sin. There is a sin that leads to death; I am not saying he should ask regarding that sin.

Berean Literal Bible
If anyone should see his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and He will give him life, to those sinning not unto death. There is a sin unto death; I do not say that he should implore concerning that.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not bring death, he should ask, and God will give life to him--to those who commit sin that doesn't bring death. There is sin that brings death. I am not saying he should pray about that.

International Standard Version
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray that God would give him life. This applies to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not telling you to pray about that.

NET Bible
If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin not resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If a man sees his brother who sins a sin that is not worthy of death, let him ask, and Life will be given to him for those who are not sinning unto death; for there is mortal sin; I do not say that a man should pray for this.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you see another believer committing a sin that doesn't lead to death, you should pray that God would give that person life. This is true for those who commit sins that don't lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I'm not telling you to pray about that.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask God, and he shall give him life that is, unto those that do not sin unto death. There is sin unto death, for which I do not say that you should pray.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall ask, and he shall 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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that knoweth his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask, and life shall be given to him, who sinneth not to death. There is a sin unto death: for that I say not that any man ask.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
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.

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
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;
Study Bible
Effective Prayer
15And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him. 16If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he should ask God, who will give life to those who commit this kind of sin. There is a sin that leads to death; I am not saying he should ask regarding that sin. 17All unrighteousness is sin, yet there is sin that does not lead to death.…
Word Study

If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

should see
idē (V-ASA-3S)
Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

Perhaps from a and the base of meros; properly, to miss the mark, i.e. to err, especially to sin.

From hamartano; a sin.

Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

Death, physical or spiritual. From thnesko; death.

he shall ask,
aitēsei (V-FIA-3S)
To ask, request, petition, demand. Of uncertain derivation; to ask.

And, even, also, namely.

He will give
dōsei (V-FIA-3S)
To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Perhaps from a and the base of meros; properly, to miss the mark, i.e. to err, especially to sin.

Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

Death, physical or spiritual. From thnesko; death.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

From hamartano; a sin.

To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

Death, physical or spiritual. From thnesko; death.

I do not say
legō (V-PIA-1S)
(a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

he should implore
erōtēsē (V-ASA-3S)
Apparently from ereo; to interrogate; by implication, to request.

concerning
peri (Prep)
From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:13-17 Upon all this evidence, it is but right that we believe on the name of the Son of God. Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. The Lord Christ invites us to come to him in all circumstances, with our supplications and requests, notwithstanding the sin that besets us. Our prayers must always be offered in submission to the will of God. In some things they are speedily answered; in others they are granted in the best manner, though not as requested. We ought to pray for others, as well as for ourselves. There are sins that war against spiritual life in the soul, and the life above. We cannot pray that the sins of the impenitent and unbelieving should, while they are such, be forgiven them; or that mercy, which supposes the forgiveness of sins, should be granted to them, while they wilfully continue such. But we may pray for their repentance, for their being enriched with faith in Christ, and thereupon for all other saving mercies. We should pray for others, as well as for ourselves, beseeching the Lord to pardon and recover the fallen, as well as to relieve the tempted and afflicted. And let us be truly thankful that no sin, of which any one truly repents, is unto death.
Cross References
Numbers 15:30
But the person who does anything defiantly, whether he is native or an alien, that one is blaspheming the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from among his people.

1 Samuel 12:19
Then all the people said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king."

Job 42:8
"Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has."

Jeremiah 7:16
"As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.

Jeremiah 11:14
"Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.

Jeremiah 14:11
So the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for the welfare of this people.

Hebrews 6:4
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,

Hebrews 6:6
and then have fallen away--to be restored again to repentance, because they themselves are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to open shame.

Hebrews 10:26
If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remains,

James 5:15
And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
Treasury of Scripture

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall ask, and he shall 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.

he shall ask.

Genesis 20:7,17 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and …

Exodus 32:10-14,31,32 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, …

Exodus 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in your sight, O LORD, let …

Numbers 12:13 And Moses cried to the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech you.

Numbers 14:11-21 And the LORD said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? …

Deuteronomy 9:18-20 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and …

2 Chronicles 30:18-20 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, …

Job 42:7-9 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, …

Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen …

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, …

Amos 7:1-3 Thus has the Lord GOD showed to me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers …

James 5:14,15 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; …

There.

Numbers 15:30 But the soul that does ought presumptuously, whether he be born in …

Numbers 16:26-32 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from …

1 Samuel 2:25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if …

Jeremiah 15:1,2 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

Matthew 12:31,32 Why I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men…

Mark 3:28-30 Truly I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, …

Luke 12:10 And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be …

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according …

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have …

Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

2 Peter 2:20-22 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

I do not.

Jeremiah 7:16 Therefore pray not you for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer …

Jeremiah 11:14 Therefore pray not you for this people, neither lift up a cry or …

Jeremiah 14:11 Then said the LORD to me, Pray not for this people for their good.

Jeremiah 18:18-21 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you …

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