Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Aaron is to lay his two hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities of the Israelites and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins, and thus he is to put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man standing ready.
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
That person sings to others, saying: 'I have sinned and falsified what is right, but I was not punished according to what I deserved.
Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, "I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord." And then you forgave my sins. (Selah)
The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy.
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.
Then you will remember, be ashamed, and remain silent when I make atonement for all you have done, declares the sovereign Lord.'"
Then you will remember your evil behavior and your deeds which were not good; you will loathe yourselves on account of your sins and your abominable deeds.
and he was baptizing them in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation.
1 John 1:9
But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.