Bible Verses about Sin

There are a lot of Bible verses about sin in the Scriptures that identify certain practices as sin, but only a few that actually define sin in specific terms.

It is by understanding exactly what constitutes sin that we can better determine what is sin for us in those gray areas that are open to dispute and confusion.

By studying these Scriptures about sin, we will become better equipped to live a life for God, walking in holiness by the power of God’s Spirit. With a careful examination of the biblical text, we have pulled out 20 significant Bible quotes about sin that are great for personal study or reflection.

20 Scriptures about Sin


“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” [English Standard Version, 1 John 3:4]


“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” [Romans 3:23]


“Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” [James 1:15]


“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 6:23]


“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9]


“Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” [Romans 4:8]


“And that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” [Luke 24:47]


“Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”” [John 5:14]


“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” [1 John 1:7]


“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” [James 4:17]


“Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”” [John 19:11]


“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” [Revelation 3:5]


“No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.” [1 John 3:6]


“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” [Romans 5:8]


“You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.” [Psalm 90:8]


“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” [Isaiah 1:18]


“O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.” [Psalm 69:5]


“Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.” [Proverbs 26:11]


“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” [John 3:20]


“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” [Matthew 12:31]


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Sin in the Scriptures: What is Sin?

These Bible verses about sin tell us that sin is lawlessness, which is being disobedient to the commands of God.

In addition, if we know in our heart something is wrong or right, and we fail to respond appropriately with that knowledge, that is sin. We are even told that we get led off into sin by our own wicked desires.

The Bible Scriptures on Sin also inform us that everyone has sinned and failed to live up to the perfection of holiness demanded by God.

Yet, the work of Jesus on the cross can cleanse us from all our sins and place us in a right relationship with God. He sees all of our sins and nothing can be hidden from him.

Sinning can cause bad things to happen to us and if we continue in a life of habitual sin we cannot claim that we are in a relationship with God. Sadly, I once left a distinguished college after my third semester of biblical Greek when I found out they believed you could even fall away from God with unbelief and still be saved no matter how much you were sinning.

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