What is sin?

A look at what the Bible tells us about sin.

The apostle John tells us that sin is lawlessness:

1 John 3 verse 4

4 Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness.

King Saul said he had sinned when he had ignored what God asked him to do:

1 Samuel 15 verse 24

24 Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and your words, because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

Nathan the prophet accused King David of despising God’s commands. David then acknowledged that this was sin:

2 Samuel 12 verse 9

9 Why have you despised the LORD’s word, to do that which is evil in his sight? You have struck Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

2 Samuel 12 verse 13

13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” 
Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin. You will not die.

We look at why we sin in the theme Why do we sin?