Confession of sin

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Leviticus 26:40

And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, through their unfaithfulness wherein they were unfaithful to me, and also that they have walked contrary unto me,

Daniel 9:4

and I prayed unto Jehovah my God, and made my confession, and said, Alas Lord! the great and terrible God, keeping covenant and loving-kindness with them that love him, and that keep his commandments:

Psalm 32:3

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old, through my groaning all the day long.

Leviticus 5:5

And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these, that he shall confess wherein he hath sinned;

Luke 18:11

The Pharisee, standing, prayed thus to himself: God, I thank thee that I am not as the rest of men, rapacious, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax-gatherer.

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Confession of sin » Examples of national

Numbers 21:7

And the people came to Moses and said, We have sinned, in that we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee: pray to Jehovah that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

Jeremiah 14:7

Jehovah, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou act for thy name's sake; for our backslidings are many we have sinned against thee.

Ezra 9:6

and said: O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God; for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up to the heavens.

Judges 10:10

And the people of Israel cried to the LORD, saying, "We have sinned against thee, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Ba'als."

1 Samuel 7:6

And they gathered together to Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Jehovah, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against Jehovah. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpah.

Confession of sin » Encouraged

Ezra 10:11

And now make confession to Jehovah the God of your fathers, and do his pleasure, and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the foreign wives.

Leviticus 16:21

and Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the living goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, and he shall put them on the head of the goat, and shall send him away to the wilderness by the hand of a man standing ready;

Jeremiah 3:13

Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against Jehovah thy God, and hast turned thy ways hither and thither to the strangers under every green tree; and ye have not hearkened to my voice, saith Jehovah.

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » David

Matthew 27:4

saying, I have sinned in having delivered up guiltless blood. But they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

2 Samuel 24:10

And David's heart smote him after he had numbered the people. And David said to Jehovah, I have sinned greatly in what I have done; and now, I beseech thee, Jehovah, put away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

2 Samuel 21:13

and he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.

Job 7:20

Have I sinned, what do I unto thee, thou Observer of men? Why hast thou set me as an object of assault for thee, so that I am become a burden to myself?

More verses: Psalm 41:4

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Prayer for forgiveness

Psalm 51:1

{To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.} Be gracious unto me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according to the abundance of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

Jeremiah 14:7-9

Jehovah, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou act for thy name's sake; for our backslidings are many we have sinned against thee. Thou hope of Israel, its Saviour in the time of trouble, why wilt thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a traveller that turneth aside to stay a night? Why wilt thou be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that cannot save? Yet thou, Jehovah, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name: leave us not.

2 Samuel 24:10

And David's heart smote him after he had numbered the people. And David said to Jehovah, I have sinned greatly in what I have done; and now, I beseech thee, Jehovah, put away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

Jeremiah 14:20

Jehovah, we acknowledge our wickedness, the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against thee.

Confession of sin » Exemplified

Numbers 21:6-7

Then Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, which bit the people; and much people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, We have sinned, in that we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee: pray to Jehovah that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

1 Samuel 7:6

And they gathered together to Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Jehovah, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against Jehovah. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpah.

1 Samuel 12:19

And all the people said to Samuel, Pray to Jehovah thy God for thy servants, that we die not; for we have added to all our sins the wickedness to ask for ourselves a king.

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Submission to punishment

Nehemiah 9:33

But thou art just in all that is come upon us; for thou hast acted according to truth, and we have done wickedly.

Ezra 9:13

And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this,

Leviticus 26:41

so that I also walked contrary unto them, and brought them into the land of their enemies. If then their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then accept the punishment of their iniquity,

Confession of sin » Exhortation to

Jeremiah 3:13

Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against Jehovah thy God, and hast turned thy ways hither and thither to the strangers under every green tree; and ye have not hearkened to my voice, saith Jehovah.

Joshua 7:19

And Joshua said to Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to Jehovah the God of Israel, and make confession to him: tell me now what thou hast done, keep it not back from me.

Confession of sin » Should be full and unreserved

Psalm 106:6

We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

Confession of sin » Promises to

Leviticus 26:40-42

And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, through their unfaithfulness wherein they were unfaithful to me, and also that they have walked contrary unto me, so that I also walked contrary unto them, and brought them into the land of their enemies. If then their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then accept the punishment of their iniquity, I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Godly sorrow

Lamentations 1:20

See, Jehovah, for I am in distress, my bowels are troubled; my heart is turned within me, for I have grievously rebelled: without, the sword hath bereaved me, within, it is as death.

Confession of sin » God requires

Hosea 5:15

I will go away, I will return to my place, till they acknowledge their trespass, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Leviticus 5:5

And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these, that he shall confess wherein he hath sinned;

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » Prodigal son

Luke 15:18

I will rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee;

Luke 23:41

and we indeed justly, for we receive the just recompense of what we have done; but this man has done nothing amiss.

Confession of sin » Followed by pardon

Confession of sin » Illustrated

Luke 15:21

And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son.

Luke 18:13

And the tax-gatherer, standing afar off, would not lift up even his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, O God, have compassion on me, the sinner.

Confession of sin » God regards

Job 33:27-28

He will sing before men, and say, I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it hath not been requited to me; He hath delivered my soul from going into the pit, and my life shall see the light.

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Forsaking sin

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » saul

1 Samuel 15:24

And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of Jehovah, and thy words; for I feared the people, and hearkened to their voice.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Nehemiah

Nehemiah 1:6-7

Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, to hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee at this time, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, confessing the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned. We have acted very perversely against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances that thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » David

2 Samuel 24:10

And David's heart smote him after he had numbered the people. And David said to Jehovah, I have sinned greatly in what I have done; and now, I beseech thee, Jehovah, put away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » saul

1 Samuel 15:24

And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of Jehovah, and thy words; for I feared the people, and hearkened to their voice.

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Self-abasement

Isaiah 64:5-6

Thou meetest him that rejoiceth to do righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: (behold, thou wast wroth, and we have sinned:) in those is perpetuity, and we shall be saved. And we are all become as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have carried us away;

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Restitution

Numbers 5:6-7

Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any of all the sins of man to work unfaithfulness against Jehovah, and that soul is guilty, then they shall confess their sin which they have done; and he shall recompense his trespass according to the principal thereof, and shall add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » balaam

Numbers 22:34

And Balaam said to the Angel of Jehovah, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me; and now, if it be evil in thine eyes, I will get me back again.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Aaron

Numbers 12:11

Then Aaron said to Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not this sin upon us, wherein we have been foolish, and have sinned!

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » Achan

Joshua 7:20

And Achan answered Joshua and said, Indeed I have sinned against Jehovah the God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Levites, ne 9:4

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Thief

Luke 23:41

and we indeed justly, for we receive the just recompense of what we have done; but this man has done nothing amiss.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Daniel

Daniel 9:4

and I prayed unto Jehovah my God, and made my confession, and said, Alas Lord! the great and terrible God, keeping covenant and loving-kindness with them that love him, and that keep his commandments:

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » Peter

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Peter

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » Converts of john the baptist

Mark 1:5

And there went out to him all the district of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem, and were baptised by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » -ezra

Ezra 9:6

and said: O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God; for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up to the heavens.

Fasting » Accompanied by » Confession of sin

1 Samuel 7:6

And they gathered together to Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Jehovah, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against Jehovah. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpah.

Nehemiah 9:1-2

And on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

Fasting » Confession of sin

1 Samuel 7:6

And they gathered together to Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Jehovah, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against Jehovah. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpah.

Nehemiah 9:1-2

And on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.