1 John 3:9


“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
King James Version (KJV)

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Other Translations of 1 John 3:9

Whosoeuer is borne of God, doth not commit sinne: for his seede remaineth in him, and he cannot sinne, because he is borne of God.
- King James Version (1611) - Compare to scan of original 1 John chapter 3

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Anyone who is a child of God does no sin, because he still has God's seed in him; he is not able to be a sinner, because God is his Father.
- Basic English Bible

Whoever has been begotten of God does not practise sin, because his seed abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.
- Darby Bible

Whosoever is born of God, commmitteth not sin: for his seed abideth in him, and he can not sin, because he is born of God.
- Douay Rheims Bible

Whoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- Webster's Bible

No one who is a child of God is habitually guilty of sin. A God-given germ of life remains in him, and he cannot habitually sin--because he is a child of God.
- Weymouth Bible

Whoever is born of God doesn't commit sin, because his seed remains in him; and he can't sin, because he is born of God.
- World English Bible

Ech man that is borun of God, doith not synne; for the seed of God dwellith in hym, and he may not do synne, for he is borun of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

every one who hath been begotten of God, sin he doth not, because his seed in him doth remain, and he is not able to sin, because of God he hath been begotten.
- Youngs Literal Bible


Kevin's comment on 2015-05-23 11:11:42:

I was reading scripture in first john and he says,My little children I write this to you,that you sin not. He says it right there that we as gods children do not sin. Then he says if any man does sin we have an advocate with the father the lord Jesus christ. He is talking about unbelievers. And I will also say that confession of sins is not for believers.we confess our sins when we come to Christ and he washes of ALL unrighteousness and then he imputes his rightiosness.There was gnostics in that church and john was correcting that false doctrine to them.we are dead to the law of sin and of death.we have been freed from sin and we are dead to the law.He who commits sin is of the devil The unbeliever who rejects Christ. He that does righteousness is righteous. He who receives that form of doctrine that was delivered to us by the apostles.us believers. We are not sinners,we were sinners.We are THE RIGHTIOUSNESS OF GOD.


James's comment on 2015-05-23 09:11:51:

There seems, to be a congregation of Job 's friends here, God does allow the unjust to prosper, the wicked do increase, and we do sin. The just do get chastised and we do suffer tribulations as the church. However, the Blood Covers, and God judges through righteousness as He determines, it is the final judgement that counts, as Paul said He is without sin, yet did he not send Steven off to glory?


Don's comment on 2015-02-04 07:56:28:

I John 3:9 means that a person who is born of God cannot sin as he has the new nature and is a new creation II Cor. 5:17 According to I Cor. 15:45-49 tells us that their are two "men " in us--the natural Adamic and the spiritual Lord from heaven and the one that cannot sin is the second from heaven. Paul gives this same information in Romans 7 of the two natures abiding in all born again Christians and the flesh is the one that sins and the spiritual sins not as 1 John 3:9 plainly teaches.


kaybaba's comment on 2014-10-23 08:39:00:

hello...what we are talking about here 1john3vs9 must be properly understood.we must know that the real us is the man inside.THE ONE OUTSIDE THAT WE CAN SEE IS NOT US.The man inside cannot sin or make practice of sin once he has accepted Jesus as his lord and personal savior.That is the man God speaks to,he speaks to our spirit man,the real us. Though some of us are not sensitive enough to hear him,cos we have allowed the outward man to dominate us.The inward man and HIS house the outward man are always at war with each other.Devil takes advantage of this and cause those that have not allowed the word of God to richly dwell in them to do things that they are not and make them believe that is who they are.REMEMBER THAT SCRIPTURES DID NOT SAY THAT OUR PHYSICAL BODIES IS BORN OF GOD.


Sharlotte's comment on 2013-12-06 05:13:21:

the seed is the holy ghost which is God spirit...children of the flesh these are not the childeren of God but those with the holy spirit they are the sons of God. our promise is the holyghost which is the seed.....be blessed by revelation from God...


david's comment on 2013-10-01 02:01:36:

when a person is born again or has accepted Lord Jesus as his personal saviour thus he has been washed by the word of God which is the seed and that means God comes first in everything he is doing and the word of God is rooted in him it really is impossible for that person to sin for the word of God which is the seed is planted in him and works in him.


Bro. D's comment on 2013-06-09 09:24:44:

Sorry Harold, anyone can sin if they CHOOSE to! Your comment is not correct..! No excuses for sin; God keeps those who want to be kept...if u still sin; your heart is not right.!


Harold's comment on 2013-05-27 17:25:23:

In reading 1John 3:9 we need to define "sin".
Sin is NOT referring to our physical failings.
Instead, it's transgression of the law, 1John 3:4.

But we're NOT under the law, Rom 8:2, Rom 10:4, Gal 5:18. Hence believers CANNOT be charged with this sin.

Sin is unrighteousness, 1John 5:17.
But a believer's faith is counted for righteousness, Rom 4:5. Hence we CANNOT be charged with this sin.

Sin is unbelief in Jesus, John 16:9.
Believers CANNOT be charged with this sin.

So, as believers, we CANNOT sin.


AFENI MAKEBE NELSON!'s comment on 2013-03-07 17:02:02:



Afeni Makebe Nelson's comment on 2012-09-19 12:45:16:

HI! THANK YOU, ALL who mentioned by the Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin. May I realize that me who Is all brand new do not commit sins, venial and not venial. I will never commit sins, transgressions and evil in the new me, myself and I, because we did not sin and are not going to sin, by us being brand new incorruptible infinite creatures! KINDEST REGARDS, Afeni! I will not ever let the me, who sins interfere with the new me, who don't sin. PEACE!


Afeni M Nelson's comment on 2011-07-10 15:10:30:

A new spirit me(Afeni, etc.,) must be a spirit who didn't receive attacks, who didn't get hurt, who is not getting hurt and not going to get hurt: A new spirit me who is not going to ever receive attacks that come from The Lord, Righteous Angelic beings, righteous people, unrighteous people, Saints, sinners, the devil and others! Sincerely, Cordially, Afeni!


Afeni M Nelson's comment on 2011-07-10 15:01:50:

Hi, and Thank you for receiving my true comment and news! I hope that I have a new spirit me, who exist in this real life and true life without receiving attacks that are attacks that came and come from the Lord God, Angelic Holy, Right Elected Beings, people who are saints, Saints, people who are sinners, the devil and others; a new spirit me must be, a spirit who didn't get hurt, is not getting hurt, and will not get hurt: A brand new totally spirit me, who did not receive attacks, is not receiving attacks and is not going to receive attacks that come from God, Angelic Holy Beings, the Righteous Living Creatures, people who are saints, people who are sinners, people who are Saints, wicked people, the devil and others, with their tools, instruments, weapons, words, etc, and without words, tools, etc, and without words. They, pains, etc, plus me and myself & I, including the new me, myself and I, New Me, Myself and I, is not to and are not to harm me who is new, New Me, Myself and I.


Afeni Makebe Nelson's comment on 2011-07-10 14:14:42:

Hi! God Bless you, all who are for the authentic Bible, especially the King James Version! I have been praying that I will become a New mind, spirit, soul & body who never committed accidents, mistakes, sins, transgressions and evils before, plus who never going to commit them against God, Angelic beings, Good principles, manners, proper etiquette, myself, etc. I have been praying that I must or am going to become a new lady, a brand new creation, a new mind, spirit, soul & body that is & who is eternally righteous, Righteous to God, the Lord, Angelic Beings, kind & righteous, Righteous peoples, Great, good principles, etiquette, manners, good conduct & myself( me & myself plus I), who not ever going to be hurt by African people, African American people, African European people, other African people in Other parts of the world, Asian people, Asian American people, Asian European people, Asian people, elsewhere, Native American people, Indigeous people, Latino people, Latina people, & other peoples! AMEN!


Dennis Clough's comment on 2011-01-05 21:23:39:

The new nature never once sins; if it did, the Holy Spirit could not live there nor could we be sealed into the body of Christ. Christ has no sin so neither do we; He is risen to a new life and taken us with Him. Sin comes from the old nature which was crucified with Christ thus seperated from us in God's view.


Harold's comment on 2010-12-27 20:12:59:

1John3:9 means what it says. Whosoever is born of God does not sin. Christians are born of God 1John5:1, so it is referring to Christians.
Using God's definitions of sin we see why God said what He did in 1John3:9


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