Sin and Iniquity

Q. I always thought iniquity and sin were the same thing. Recently I was informed that they are different. Could you please help me to understand this difference through scripture.

A. The Hebrew and Greek words translated “sin” in the Bible refer to any violation of God’s law. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word translated “iniquity” means “perversity or depravity.” In the New Testament the Greek word for iniquity means “lawless.”

Everyone violates God’s law now and then, whether in thought or deed, so we’re all sinners. But those who live their lives in complete disregard for God’s laws are practicing iniquity.

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