A List of Sins from the Bible

The Bible says that sin has separated us from God.  What are the sins listed in the Bible?

What is Sin?

Sin is the transgression of the Law of God (1 John 3:4) as John writes “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”  We are all sinners, even those who have been saved as Paul says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23) and “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).   Isaiah writes “your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”  The good news is that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8) and “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Rom 5:11a).  Jesus solved our sin problem by becoming sin for us so that for those who have repented and trusted in Him can be seen as having the same righteousness as Christ does (2 Cor 5:21) but if not, we still have the wrath of God on us (John 3:18b, 3:36b).

All Sins Fit under the Ten Commandments

There are almost one hundred and twenty-five sins listed in the Bible so I thought it might be useful to show why God gave us the Ten Commandments as a standard by which to live.  Of course no one can keep the Ten Commandments but even though it’s not humanly possible, this doesn’t give us an excuse to break them so what I have done below is to list the Ten Commandments and what sins fall under each of these sins. It should be noted that many of these sins could be placed under more than one of the Ten Commandments but in order to see where the biblical list of sins fall, I think it best to list almost all of the sins given in the Bible under each of the Ten Commandments because if we were able to keep the Ten Commandments, none of the sins would be broken so here is a list of the Ten Commandments and the sins which they fall under each one.  There is no doubt that since there are so many sins listed in the Bible, some might be inadvertently missed while others may be repeated since they fall into the differing commandments.

The Ten Commandments and Associated Sins (Ex 20:3-17)

The First Commandment:  You shall have no other gods before me.

Idolatry, greed, covetousness, love of money, gluttony, complaining, not loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, tempting God, high-mindedness, disobedience, witchcraft, lover of self, putting family, friends, job, or anything else above God including food, money, sports, inter, TV, Internet pornography, movies, cars, attachment to riches or material goods and dozens of other things.

The Second Commandment: You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Love of money, greed, disobedience, covetousness, love of money, lover of self, putting family, friends, job, or anything else above God, irreverent use of God’s Word, attachment to riches or material goods.

The Third Commandment:  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain, irreverent use of God’s Word

Cursing, swearing, blaspheming, breaking oath taken in God’s name, irreverent use of God’s name in humor, speaking evil of the church, taking communion or the Lord’s Supper in a careless manner or unworthily, anger at God, careless use of God’s name, euphemisms like “geez, gosh, oh my God” etc.

The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Sloth, laziness, neglecting to assemble with the saints, profaning worship service, fighting or speaking evil of Christian brothers or sisters.

The Fifth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother, breaking civil laws when taught by parents to do obey the laws, failing to take care of aged parents, failing to take care of sick parents, fighting with and/or speaking evil about siblings, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Cursing father or mother, dishonoring parents, striking or fighting with parents, disobeying parents, making fun of parents, filthy talk, speaking evil or badly of parents, and grandparents included in the aforementioned things.

The Sixth Commandment: You shall not murder.

Murder, anger, hate, enmity, rage, brawling,  rioting, striker, unforgiving heart, wrath, unmerciful, dissensions, contentions, clamor, despitefulness, debate, arguing, fighting, abortion, divisions, strife, rivalries,

The Seventh Commandment: You shall not commit adultery. 

Adultery, fornication, sexual immorality, filthy talk, crude joking, whoremongers, defiling the body, homosexuality, sensuality, impurity, tempting others sexually, inordinate passion, corrupt language, effeminate, pornography, vulgar or crude jokes.

The Eighth Commandment:  You shall not steal.

Stealing, bribery, extortion, sloth or laziness at work, defrauding, dishonesty, cheating, gambling,

The Ninth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Lying, gossiping, slandering, backbiting, spreading rumors, deceit, extortion, railing, slander, defrauding, breaking promises, craftiness, hypocrisy, dishonesty, whisperers, idle words, withhold all of the truth, double-tongued, bragging, boasting, flattery, exaggerating the truth, whining, speaking evil of others.

The Tenth Commandment:  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

Coveting, envy, lust, jealousy, drunkenness, sorcery (Greek means drug abuse), materialism, wantonness, sensuality, gambling, revelings, attachment to riches or material goods, lawsuits against Christians, emulations, extortion, desire for money, desire for power, desire for sex (relating to sexual immorality), anger at other’s good fortunes, desiring things of others, flirting or playing with temptation.

A List Of Sins in the Bible


There is but one way a person can be saved and that is to repent and confess sins and then putting trust in Christ to save them.  No one can ever out-sin the work of Christ on the cross.  The blood of the Lamb of God covers every sin ever committed. Only the sin of unbelief cannot be forgiven if when Christ comes a person has not asked to be saved by the only name given to us to be saved and that is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).  There is no other possible way.

Another Reading on Patheos to Check Out: What Did Jesus Really Look Like: A Look at the Bible Facts

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon

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  • Bob

    The sin of gluttony has been removed from American churches, culture and country. We never hear about it because over a third of the people are now clinically obese. If any minister mentions it in the pulpit (and many are obese themselves) they risk losing members and therefore money. A Purdue study recently showed that overweight and obese rates were even higher in regular church attendees so churches not only ignore it, they promote it. The primary church to even address it is Saddleback Church, Minister Rick Warren. Kudos to them. Shame on the others that preach what is politically correct while ignoring the elephants in your rooms! (pun intended)

    • Jack Wellman

      Great point Bob. Well said sir. Spot on about the silence from behind the pulpits.

      • franky

        Excuse me jack will god forgive me for masterbating is he

        • John Carver

          Are you masturbating or baiting your Master? God can forgive that sin along with all your other sins but the unforgivable sin, refusing to get to know he is that he is and what that is that you might learn to feel more than guilty. Try being loving for instance.

      • The SaintTwo

        Holly mother of pearl Jack, you lumped all these into the sixth commandment?

        “Murder, anger, hate, enmity, rage, brawling, rioting, striker, unforgiving heart, wrath, unmerciful, dissensions, contentions, clamor, despitefulness, debate, arguing, fighting, abortion, divisions, strife, rivalries,”
        Seriously you are beyond delusional.

      • The SaintTwo

        And how in the wide world of sporty did you derive “Sloth, laziness, neglecting to assemble with the saints, profaning worship service, fighting or speaking evil of Christian brothers or sisters.” from the “The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day,”?
        BTW, do you even know which is the Sabbath, is it Saturday or Sunday? Most christians sects conflict on this. But I’m sure you will point us to the ‘truth’ because all others are wrong, right?

      • John Carver

        I thought we were supposed to be building up the saints and doing our best not to alienate sinners. How can one love others and not accept them at the level they are at? Why attack people in the church publicly. Is it any wonder the church seems to have gone beyond profaning the Name of God and Christian has taken on connotations of trouble making sinner haters. Don’t you profane the name of Christ by being repulsive to sinners that used to flock to him when he was known as Immanuel? Get your relationships right with God, keep them that way, and judge yourselves instead of taking cheap shots at others, any idiot could do. I am unimpressed.

      • John Carver

        Sir are you for real? or maybe you are the reason there is a shortage of psychiatrists in churches? Do you even know what reality is? Have you even had anything to do with it? And you profess to share a truthful opinion? You live in a fantasy world. Wake up thou sleeper. There are real things to do with your time. May Jesus speak to you soon. I fear you are so confused even he might not be able to lead you back. But don’t give up. I don’t think he’ll carry you back by the beach or anywhere else. Get real. Get true. Pray for us. We need you guys. Why did you give up on us? Was it something one of you said and you decided to emulate him? Was it something Jesus said that put you to sleep. I am that I am, but I have no idea what any of you are but the guy that’s worried about masturbation. Did you ever think a fat preacher may be suffering you holier than thou trolls, you!

      • David

        My main point is to question whether all sins can in fact be placed under the 10 commandments?

        • Jack Wellman

          Probably not sir. Great observation. This article is a “List of Sins” and not a “List of all sins.” Make sense?

    • The SaintTwo

      The ministers minister to the narcissistic, egocentric nature of so-called believers Robert; “god made the universe with me in mind,’ “god loves me because I’m special,’ and ‘god will send me to heaven.’ But nothing about “love your enemy,” “forgive so you can be forgiven,” “sell all your belongings and give to the poor,” Plus they are told that they will be forgiven for all their sins.

      • John Carver

        What kind of a God picks and chooses what sins he will forgive? It is a sin too to backbite and criticize the church. Or haven’t you heard that in a while at your church?

    • John Carver

      In my opinion sir, we spend way too much time blasting sins and alienating sinners without telling anyone how to deal with the problem and add to the sins from the pulpit by complaining. Stop finger pointing which is very nearly slander, a major sin, and start accepting or changing what we have. Stop sinning sir.

    • John Carver

      Really? Eating too much! Is that what they were praying about in your church while Hell came to visit everyone else? What planet do you guys live on? There are real people dealing with reality on a regular basis everyday out there. And this is all you guys can find that’s wrong with the churches! The very Savior at your disposal and you are worried your pastor is fat. No wonder Jesus doesn’t answer Christian prayers anymore. Gluttony has almost nothing to do with reality let alone something excellent to think about. Why do you have this stupid topic online. You’re as bad as any other site online. Are purposely trying to emulate them, or what? Tell me how you would have me pray for the rest of your fantasies. I will, I promise, but I warn you it will get real even if we have to leave you behind not even to have noticed we left.

    • kzarley

      Someone finally said it. Good for you, Robert. And if pastors preached it, they’d lose their jobs. I heard that for the early Pilgrims here, the two main sins were slouthfulness and gluttony.

    • radiofreerome

      What about Usury? How many people preach about shutting down payday loan centers that enslave individuals and families to debt? What about the sin of Sodom as Ezekiel interpreted it, persecution of the poor and immigrants? Some Evangelicals have started to inveigh against city laws which make feeding the homeless in public illegal. Making charity illegal was the earliest sin cited against Sodom in Hebrew tradition.

      • Andrew Dowling

        Haha, our whole modern economic system is based on usury. I’d love for the church to be “truly” counter-cultural and preach jubilee-style economics but I don’t count on that occurring . . .

    • jesse

      yea u fat americans eat at burger king and maccas to much lol supersize me documentry said so 😛

  • Fred

    “No one can ever out-sin the work of Christ on the cross.”
    No, but many are trying.

    • John Carver

      People that intentionally refuse him do that very thing. Stop sinning and get out there and accept people, please?

  • The SaintTwo

    BTW, there are more than 10 commandments, a lot more. There is even one that says that “thou shall not boil a kid goat in its mother’s milk,” real useful rule.

    • John Carver

      The point if I read the OT correctly was to make them a people for himself with their own peculiarities as a people. I think you missed the point of the OT entirely, Sir.

      • Nobody even knows for sure why the Bible even says that. Is it dietary? Animal cruelty? Health reasons? There’s no telling. Why should people care about something being a “sin” if they can’t even answer why it’s wrong?

        • Mary

          Deuteronomy 6:24 explains why the Bible says that.

          • So it doesn’t make sense but just follow it anyway. Sorry, but the world doesn’t work that way anymore, we’ve learned that there really is no harm in not mindlessly following whatever a religion says.

  • John Carver

    The first word in the Holy Bible is not God ironically, but ‘In…” try including people instead of excluding saints if there are any left in what has largely become apostate anyway. Isn’t being a Christian more about pulling together under Christ’s banner than chasing away people who need Jesus because of people who criticize anything they can all the time. Stop sinning and try to make this thing work or don’t you have any fear of I Am, not to mention Christ. I am ashamed when people I try to evangelize quote people like you guys. Ask yourself a simple question before you try to be Light for others. Is what I am about to say Holy. If not, shut up and stop sinning. We really don’t want to lose you, too!

  • John Carver

    I have belonged to two churches, a baptist church that prayed for something bad to happen to some member of the church that more people might be brought into the church out of sympathy and a bible church that prayed for a man to get into a car accident so they could minister to the family in the event he died or in the event the alcoholic man survived to have the opportunity to save his soul. Both were successful in the disaster area but what does that say about the mean spirit in churches these days? I prayed for the alcoholic to find out what they did and they blamed me for him getting so mad at them it is unlikely he will ever be in Heaven. I quit the church. My spirit isn’t that mean. I didn’t belong there any longer.

    • SJ

      Can A Christian Be Demon Possessed?

      Learn to pray for people. Spurgeon’s meditation.

      Tuesday, July 07, 2015

      This Morning’s Meditation

      C. H. Spurgeon

      “Brethren, pray for us.”—1 Thessalonians 5:25.
      HIS one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is Solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men. As officers in Christ’s army, we are the especial mark of the enmity of men and devils; they watch for our halting, and labour to take us by the heels. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt, above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many knotty cases, and our wits are at a non plus; we observe very sad backslidings, and our hearts are wounded; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be blest to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God. Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, city missionaries, and students, do in the name of Jesus beseech you



      • John Carver

        Some ministers are best prayed for as follows: This man is spiritual abuser. Take him home before he does even more damage to the little ones and your Church. Amen.

  • John Carver

    I think the only way to be a Christian nowadays is to leave your chuches and join thee Church. I’m a poor man and can’t see funding parking lots with my few dollars or building a new church with my pittance. Are there any real Christians out there? I’ve been looking, looking hard and can’t find anyone brave enough to be real about anything. It’s leaving me cynical. Where did Jesus Christ go? Did we miss the entire Book of Revelations or what? If Jesus is in this present Hell, I wish someone would point him out to me.

    • Shawn Osting

      I’m a real christian..don’t despair, there are always people who follow Christ.
      I know this is years old, but just on the off-chance…

  • John Carver

    I am tired of writing Christian books. Religion is a waste of time and effort. I have nothing to say to the dead church and there really isn’t much to say to those who don’t care if their spirit was no more than the spirit in their dead bodies dies along with the physical. Good-bye. I wish I could say it was nice being one of you. As for me and my family we choose to live! You are nothing but skeletons counting your bones for lack of anything else better to do. I don’t want to learn your stupidity or your vain ability to be big shots and count.

  • David

    I don’t see the sin of ingratitude ,mentioned here

    • Jack Wellman

      Great point sir. I based these upon the Ten Commandments so perhaps it could fall under one of these but you are so right…it is a big sin for sure; the refusal to give thanks to God for all He has done and all He has provided. Thank you David for pointing that out.

  • Rico D del Rosario

    Thank you for this list. It showed me how I’ve fallen short. The Law condemns me. I need a Savior.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you sir. This is why grace is just so amazing.

  • mipoki

    Clearly the author of this article has never read the bible. Nor had any education since he can’t read. Please go to school and educate yourself.

  • Robin Miley

    The Bible is a map for us to grow a personal relationship with our Maker. The stipulations of holiness and our call to obey His words do not change for anyone. God’s word does not adapt to a person based on their opinion of His word. The Truth remains the Truth regardless of what we think. The idea is that we allow His words to read us so we in turn become His words walking in flesh. Bickering over semantics does nothing useful to build up His kingdom. In fact, those willing to participate in argument proves there’s much growing that individual has yet to do and they should seek the Lord concerning whatever troubles their heart. For the bible directs us to “put away profane and idle babbling for they only lead to more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16). What the bible also directs us to do is to edify one another WITH His word…not use it against each other. I urge you, brothers and sisters, speak kindly. If you believe someone is misled with their interpretation of scripture then offer advice, prayer, and maybe even a time of study together. Do not look for the wrong in others but seek the good and help strengthen the weaker areas. Don’t simply call them out and leave the person to fumble around while you sit on your own thrown of judgement. We must be careful. Strive to love, in all that you do, with the love of Christ. God bless <3

  • Mod Man

    sins include internet? when was this written???

    • Jack Wellman

      Internet pornography it should have read. My apologies. Thank you.

  • monty’s bones

    “sorcery (Greek means drug abuse)”

    This is inaccurate and misleading. The word that the King James Bible translates as ‘sorcery’ is the Greek ‘pharmakeia’. It refers to the administration of drugs as part of the quasi-religious ritual (prescribing prayers was typical) of medication and has nothing at all to do with modern ‘drug abuse’. Its condemnation in Galatians is because of the invocation of pagan deities like Aesculapius in conjunction with most cures in the Greco-Roman world.

  • jesse

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel thats going to be fucking hard todo of course ill never murder anyone but i swear a damn lot same as loving money cause i like to buy stuff dahh umm to late i think i love my family more then god cause iv never spoke to god or he has spoke to me i gamble cause its bloody legal -_- every thing here is a fucking sin jeeeeeeez i cant even have sex cause it said its a sin -_- whaaaat the actual fuck is this crap i cant even drink omg!!!!!! this is such bs nope i think ima fuuuuuuuuuuucked mose well enjoy life while im still alive i think

  • CookieKat2003

    oh god i do almost every single one of these thigns

    • CookieKat2003

      help me

  • brian black

    if it is impossible not to sin if your human and jesus was human even if he was born without sin then how did he go so long without sin. also if i make my slave work on the sabbath day is that a sin on me or just him or does he get off scot free because i’m making him work. if that’s the case do i still get the sin even though he is the one working. what if he works on the sabbath but i told him its okay to take the day off am i punished for his sin. please explain.

    • Jack Wellman

      Because He was also God and God cannot sin. In fact, the Bible says God cannot lie but all men are liars (Rom 3:4). The Bible says Jesus was sinless, without blemish, spot, or wrinkle. There are so many “ifs” in your question sir and so full of hypothetical scenarios. When you get a real slave and he/she has to work on a Sabbath, get back with me. Besides, none are without sin (Rom 3:10-12), so try as we might, we will sin (1 John 1:8. 10), but our sins are forgiven (1 John 1:9).

  • James Prichard

    Seems perfectly understandable, of course our age makes some difference. I wanted more when I was younger ,so moderation was not always followed. Nowadays the statements/ commandments seem easy enough, and if I get a bit out of line God is here for me, always wanting to guide and educate me. I may eat ,drink , and smoke some wrong things sometimes, but I am aware that i am wrong, and I ask often for forgiveness, try more often loving my fellow humans ( not the sins or evil or leftist (sinister) things they do, and thank God and Christ as often as possible for family , some financial help, and everlasting love. It is easy but even then some sins are going to happen, and God knows it .no human is capable of being perfect, so what ,it is ok to try .

  • Jerry Gopaul

    There are millions of reasons Jesus could have die for, such as for the ‘alleviation of suffering of humankind’ or for the ‘protection of children’, but he chose to die for the forgiveness of the sins of humans including those of rapists and paedophiles!! If someone sexually abuses children all their life, causing deep emotional and physical trauma, but become truly repentant minutes before their death – are they forgiven?
    Christianity is a perverted religion.

    • Grant Armbruster

      Then you don’t understand true repentance.

      • Jerry Gopaul

        Victims are free to forgive, but nature is a self-regulating mechanism. Scientific advancement, in microbiology and quantum mechanics, shows that nature is underpinned by intelligence. Nature has an inbuilt self-correcting mechanism, i.e. all action has an equal reaction. It is very naïve to believe that rapists and paedophiles can be forgiven through the type of repentance advocated by Christianianity. True repentance is possible only when one accepts proportional punishment for the crime committed.

  • I myself is literally shell shocked about what I have read. In fact much of what I have done when I was younger is listed on here. And I literally had no idea on up until the moment I had seen this. I know that my old Indian friend of mines had read this together she was just as shocked as I was. And like I said neither of us had any idea that the 10 Commandments was talking about this ourselves. Now it kinda making me feel backwards about what I had done when I was younger