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And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
We have sinned
1 Samuel 1:15
But Hannah replied, "That's not the way it is, my lord! I am under a great deal of stress. I have drunk neither wine nor beer. Rather, I have poured out my soul to the Lord.
2 Samuel 14:14
Certainly we must die, and are like water spilled on the ground that cannot be gathered up again. But God does not take away life; instead he devises ways for the banished to be restored.
My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God;
I am exhausted as I groan; all night long I drench my bed in tears; my tears saturate the cushion beneath me.
I cannot eat, I weep day and night; all day long they say to me, "Where is your God?"
Tears stream down from my eyes, because people do not keep your law.
I wish that my head were a well full of water and my eyes were a fountain full of tears! If they were, I could cry day and night for those of my dear people who have been killed.
(Kaf) My eyes are worn out from weeping; my stomach is in knots. My heart is poured out on the ground due to the destruction of my helpless people; children and infants faint in the town squares.
(Ayin) Tears flow from my eyes and will not stop; there will be no break
2 Chronicles 20:3
Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he decided to seek the Lord's advice. He decreed that all Judah should observe a fast.
I called for a fast there by the Ahava Canal, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and seek from him a safe journey for us, our children, and all our property.
On the twenty-fourth day of this same month the Israelites assembled; they were fasting and wearing sackcloth, their heads covered with dust.
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to implore him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
"Yet even now," the Lord says, "return to me with all your heart -- with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your garments!"
We have sinned
However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors' iniquity which they committed by trespassing against me, by which they also walked in hostility against me
The Israelites cried out for help to the Lord: "We have sinned against you. We abandoned our God and worshiped the Baals."
1 Kings 8:47
When your people come to their senses in the land where they are held prisoner, they will repent and beg for your mercy in the land of their imprisonment, admitting, 'We have sinned and gone astray; we have done evil.'
At the time of the evening offering I got up from my self-abasement, with my tunic and robe torn, and then dropped to my knees and spread my hands to the Lord my God.
That person sings to others, saying: 'I have sinned and falsified what is right, but I was not punished according to what I deserved.
"Indeed, I am completely unworthy -- how could I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth to silence myself.
Therefore I despise myself, and I repent in dust and ashes!
My whole body is sick because of your judgment; I am deprived of health because of my sin.
We have sinned like our ancestors; we have done wrong, we have done evil.
However, you must confess that you have done wrong, and that you have rebelled against the Lord your God. You must confess that you have given yourself to foreign gods under every green tree, and have not obeyed my commands,' says the Lord.
For after we turned away from you we repented. After we came to our senses we beat our breasts in sorrow. We are ashamed and humiliated because of the disgraceful things we did previously.'
I will get up and go to my father and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
The words of the wise are heard in quiet, more than the shouting of a ruler is heard among fools.