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"If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin, which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death" (1 John 5:16-17).  
I do not understand:

  • he will ask, who is "he" and what will he ask?

  • him, who is "him"?

"He"is referringto the one witnessing his brother committing the "sin".

"Him" isreferring to thebrother that is sinning.

The Holy Bible (NKJV) titles this passage "Confidence and Compassion in Prayer". When we witness other believersstraying; we ought to pray for them, believing with all confidence that God can and will intervene becauseit is His will that all should repent and return to Him.Either physical death prior to repentance; or spiritual death because of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit through refusal to repent or to believe,qualifies asthe abysmal and inexcusable sin, the sin leading to death. The sin not leading to death is the repented sin.In this regard, we are required to pray for each other, earnestly and confidently, for the safe return of our brethren who have gone astray.

"For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls" (1 Peter 2:25).
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