14 Bible Verses About Original Sin (ESV)

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Original Sin through Adam, the Federal Head of Mankind

1. Romans 5:12 - "Therefore, just as sin came into..."

2. Romans 5:19 - "For as by the one man's..."

Man is Born Sinful

3. Psalm 51:5 - "Behold, I was brought forth in..."

4. Psalm 58:3 - "The wicked are estranged from the..."

5. Genesis 8:21 - "And when the Lord smelled the..."

6. John 3:6 - "That which is born of the..."

7. Proverbs 22:15 - "Folly is bound up in the..."

Man is Dead in Sin

8. Ephesians 2:1-3 - "And you were dead in the..."

Man is Hopelessly Sinful

9. Genesis 8:21 - "And when the Lord smelled the..."

10. Job 15:14 - "What is man, that he can..."

11. Jeremiah 17:9 - "The heart is deceitful above all..."

12. Ecclesiastes 9:3 - "This is an evil in all..."

All are Guilty of Sin

13. Psalm 14:2-3 - "The Lord looks down from heaven..."

14. Romans 3:9-10 - "What then? Are we Jews any..."

Original Sin through Adam, the Federal Head of Mankind

1. Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned

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2. Romans 5:19

For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

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Man is Born Sinful

3. Psalm 51:5

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

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4. Psalm 58:3

The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

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5. Genesis 8:21

And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

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6. John 3:6

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

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7. Proverbs 22:15

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

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Man is Dead in Sin

8. Ephesians 2:1-3

1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

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Man is Hopelessly Sinful

9. Genesis 8:21

And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

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10. Job 15:14

What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?

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11. Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

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12. Ecclesiastes 9:3

This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

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All are Guilty of Sin

13. Psalm 14:2-3

2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

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14. Romans 3:9-10

9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 51:5
  2. Psalm 58:3
  3. Psalm 14:2-3
  4. Genesis 8:21
  5. Genesis 8:21
  6. Job 15:14
  7. Proverbs 22:15
  8. Ecclesiastes 9:3
  9. Jeremiah 17:9
  10. John 3:6
  11. Romans 3:9-10
  12. Romans 5:12
  13. Romans 5:19
  14. Ephesians 2:1-3

Psalm 51:5

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

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Psalm 58:3

The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

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Psalm 14:2-3

2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

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Genesis 8:21

And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

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Genesis 8:21

And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

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Job 15:14

What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?

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Proverbs 22:15

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

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Ecclesiastes 9:3

This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

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Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

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John 3:6

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

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Romans 3:9-10

9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

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Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned

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Romans 5:19

For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

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Ephesians 2:1-3

1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

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