1 John 5:17
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New International Version
All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

New Living Translation
All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.

English Standard Version
All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

New American Standard Bible
All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.

King James Bible
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that does not bring death.

International Standard Version
Every kind of wrongdoing is sin, yet there are sins that do not lead to death.

NET Bible
All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For every evil is sin, and there is sin that is not mortal.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Every kind of wrongdoing is sin, yet there are sins that don't lead to death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All unrighteousness is sin, but there is a sin not unto death.

King James 2000 Bible
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

American King James Version
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not to death.

American Standard Version
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death.

Darby Bible Translation
Every unrighteousness is sin; and there is a sin not to death.

English Revised Version
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

Webster's Bible Translation
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not to death.

Weymouth New Testament
Any kind of wrongdoing is sin; but there is sin which is not unto death.

World English Bible
All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.

Young's Literal Translation
all unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not unto death.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - All unrighteousness is sin. "Among the faithful this ought to be an indubitable truth, that whatever is contrary to God's Law is sin, and in its nature mortal; for where there is a transgression of the Law, there is sin and death" (Calvin). But this terrifying truth brings with it a word of encouragement. For if all unrighteousness without exception is sin, it follows that not every sin is unto death. It is incredible that the slightest departure from righteousness should involve eternal damnation (see notes on chapter 1 John 1:7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All unrighteousness is sin,.... All unrighteousness against God or man is a sin against the law of God, and the wrath of God is revealed against it, and it is deserving of death; yet all unrighteousness is not unto death, as the sins of David, which were unrighteousness both to God and man, and yet they were put away, and he died not; Peter sinned very foully, and did great injustice to his dear Lord, and yet his sin was not unto death; he had repentance unto life given him, and a fresh application of pardoning grace:

and there is a sin not unto death; this is added for the relief of weak believers, who hearing of a sin unto death, not to be prayed for, might fear that theirs were of that kind, whereas none of them are; for though they are guilty of many unrighteousnesses, yet God is merciful to them and forgives, Hebrews 8:12, and so they are not unto death.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. "Every unrighteousness (even that of believers, compare 1Jo 1:9; 3:4. Every coming short of right) is sin"; (but) not every sin is the sin unto death.

and there is a sin not unto death—in the case of which, therefore, believers may intercede. Death and life stand in correlative opposition (1Jo 5:11-13). The sin unto death must be one tending "towards" (so the Greek), and so resulting in, death. Alford makes it to be an appreciable ACT of sin, namely, the denying Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God (in contrast to confess this truth, 1Jo 5:1, 5), 1Jo 2:19, 22; 4:2, 3; 5:10. Such wilful deniers of Christ are not to be received into one's house, or wished "God speed." Still, I think with Bengel, not merely the act, but also the state of apostasy accompanying the act, is included—a "state of soul in which faith, love, and hope, in short, the new life, is extinguished. The chief commandment is faith and love. Therefore, the chief sin is that by which faith and love are destroyed. In the former case is life; in the latter, death. As long as it is not evident (see on [2652]1Jo 5:16, on 'see') that it is a sin unto death, it is lawful to pray. But when it is deliberate rejection of grace, and the man puts from him life thereby, how can others procure for him life?" Contrast Jas 5:14-18. Compare Mt 12:31, 32 as to the wilful rejection of Christ, and resistance to the Holy Ghost's plain testimony to Him as the divine Messiah. Jesus, on the cross, pleaded only for those who KNEW NOT what they were doing in crucifying Him, not for those wilfully resisting grace and knowledge. If we pray for the impenitent, it must be with humble reference of the matter to God's will, not with the intercessory request which we should offer for a brother when erring.

1 John 5:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Purpose and Concluding Remarks
16If 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. 17All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. 18We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.…
Cross References
1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 3:4
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

1 John 5:16
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.
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