What Does the Bible Say About Confession: 12 Powerful Verses


1 John 1:9

ESVIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
KJVIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
NASBIf we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
NIVIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
NLTBut if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

James 5:16

ESVTherefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
KJVConfess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
NASBTherefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
NIVTherefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
NLTConfess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Proverbs 28:13

ESVWhoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
KJVHe that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
NASBHe who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
NIVWhoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
NLTPeople who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Matthew 10:33

ESVBut whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
KJVBut whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
NASB“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
NIVBut whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
NLTBut everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

1 John 4:2

ESVBy this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
KJVHereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
NASBBy this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;
NIVThis is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
NLTThis is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.

John 20:23

ESVIf you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
KJVWhose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
NASB“If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”
NIVIf you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
NLTIf you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

1 John 4:15

ESVWhoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
KJVWhosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
NASBWhoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
NIVIf anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
NLTAll who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.

Romans 10:10

ESVFor with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
KJVFor with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
NASBfor with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
NIVFor it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
NLTFor it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

Luke 12:8

ESV“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God,
KJVAlso I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
NASB“And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;
NIV“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.
NLT“I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.

1 John 4:3

ESVAnd every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
KJVAnd every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
NASBand every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
NIVbut every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
NLTBut if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.

Titus 3:5

ESVHe saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
KJVNot by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
NASBHe saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
NIVhe saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
NLThe saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

ESVAnd Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
KJVThen Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
NASBPeter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
NIVPeter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
NLTPeter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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