Confession of sin

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Leviticus 26:40

"But if they will confess their sin and the sin of their fathers-their unfaithfulness that they practiced against Me, and how they acted with hostility toward Me,

Matthew 3:6

and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

Daniel 9:4

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: Ah, Lord-the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant with those who love Him and keep His commandments-

Psalm 32:3

When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long.

Leviticus 5:5

If someone incurs guilt in one of these cases, he is to confess he has committed that sin.

Luke 18:11

The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: 'God, I thank You that I'm not like other people -greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

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Confession of sin » Examples of national

Numbers 21:7

The people then came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede with the Lord so that He will take the snakes away from us." And Moses interceded for the people.

Jeremiah 14:7

Though our guilt testifies against us, Lord, act for Your name's sake. Indeed, our rebellions are many; we have sinned against You.

Ezra 9:6

And I said: My God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face toward You, my God, because our iniquities are higher than [our] heads and our guilt is as high as the heavens.

Judges 10:10

so they cried out to the Lord, saying, "We have sinned against You. We have abandoned our God and worshiped the Baals."

1 Samuel 7:6

When they gathered at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out in the Lord's presence. They fasted that day, and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the Lord." And Samuel [began to lead] the Israelites at Mizpah as [their] judge.

Confession of sin » Encouraged

Ezra 10:11

Therefore, make a confession to the Lord God of your fathers and do His will. Separate yourselves from the surrounding peoples and [your] foreign wives."

Leviticus 16:21

Aaron will lay both his hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the Israelites' wrongdoings and rebellious acts-all their sins. He is to put them on the goat's head and send [it] away into the wilderness by the man appointed for the task.

Jeremiah 3:13

Only acknowledge your guilt- you have rebelled against the Lord your God. You have scattered your favors to strangers under every green tree and have not obeyed My voice. [This is] the Lord's declaration.

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » David

Matthew 27:4

"I have sinned by betraying innocent blood," he said. "What's that to us?" they said. "See to it yourself!"

2 Samuel 24:10

David's conscience troubled him after he had taken a census of the troops. He said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I've done. Now, Lord, because I've been very foolish, please take away Your servant's guilt."

2 Samuel 21:13

David had the bones brought from there. They also gathered up the bones of Saul's family who had been hung.

Job 7:20

[If] I have sinned, what have I done to You, Watcher of mankind? Why have You made me Your target, so that I have become a burden to You?

More verses: Psalm 41:4

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

Psalm 51:1

Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.

Jeremiah 14:7-9

Though our guilt testifies against us, Lord, act for Your name's sake. Indeed, our rebellions are many; we have sinned against You. Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of distress, why are You like an alien in the land, like a traveler stopping only for the night? Why are You like a helpless man, like a warrior unable to save? Yet You are among us, Lord, and we are called by Your name. Don't leave us!

2 Samuel 24:10

David's conscience troubled him after he had taken a census of the troops. He said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I've done. Now, Lord, because I've been very foolish, please take away Your servant's guilt."

Jeremiah 14:20

We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord, the guilt of our fathers; indeed, we have sinned against You.

Confession of sin » Exemplified

Numbers 21:6-7

Then the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit them so that many Israelites died. The people then came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede with the Lord so that He will take the snakes away from us." And Moses interceded for the people.

1 Samuel 7:6

When they gathered at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out in the Lord's presence. They fasted that day, and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the Lord." And Samuel [began to lead] the Israelites at Mizpah as [their] judge.

1 Samuel 12:19

They pleaded with Samuel, "Pray to the Lord your God for your servants, so we won't die! For we have added to all our sins the evil of requesting a king for ourselves."

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

Nehemiah 9:33

You are righteous concerning all that has come on us, because You have acted faithfully, while we have acted wickedly.

Ezra 9:13

After all that has happened to us because of our evil deeds and terrible guilt-though You, our God, have punished [us] less than our sins [deserve] and have allowed us to survive-

Leviticus 26:41

and I acted with hostility toward them and brought them into the land of their enemies-and if their uncircumcised hearts will be humbled, and if they will pay the penalty for their sin,

Confession of sin » Exhortation to

Jeremiah 3:13

Only acknowledge your guilt- you have rebelled against the Lord your God. You have scattered your favors to strangers under every green tree and have not obeyed My voice. [This is] the Lord's declaration.

Joshua 7:19

So Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and make a confession to Him. I urge you, tell me what you have done. Don't hide anything from me."

Confession of sin » Should be full and unreserved

Psalm 106:6

Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have gone astray and have acted wickedly.

Confession of sin » Promises to

Leviticus 26:40-42

"But if they will confess their sin and the sin of their fathers-their unfaithfulness that they practiced against Me, and how they acted with hostility toward Me, and I acted with hostility toward them and brought them into the land of their enemies-and if their uncircumcised hearts will be humbled, and if they will pay the penalty for their sin, then I will remember My covenant with Jacob. I will also remember My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Godly sorrow

Lamentations 1:20

Lord, see how I am in distress. I am churning within; my heart is broken, for I have been very rebellious. Outside, the sword takes the children; inside, there is death.

Confession of sin » God requires

Hosea 5:15

I will depart and return to My place until they recognize their guilt and seek My face; they will search for Me in their distress.

Leviticus 5:5

If someone incurs guilt in one of these cases, he is to confess he has committed that sin.

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » Prodigal son

Luke 15:18

I'll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.

Luke 23:41

We are punished justly, because we're getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong."

Confession of sin » Followed by pardon

Confession of sin » Illustrated

Luke 15:21

The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I'm no longer worthy to be called your son.'

Luke 18:13

"But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, 'God, turn Your wrath from me -a sinner!'

Confession of sin » God regards

Job 33:27-28

He will look at men and say, "I have sinned and perverted what was right; yet I did not get what I deserved. He redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit, and I will continue to see the light."

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Forsaking sin

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » saul

1 Samuel 15:24

Saul answered Samuel, "I have sinned. I have transgressed the Lord's command and your words. Because I was afraid of the people, I obeyed them.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Nehemiah

Nehemiah 1:6-7

let Your eyes be open and Your ears be attentive to hear Your servant's prayer that I now pray to You day and night for Your servants, the Israelites. I confess the sins we have committed against You. Both I and my father's house have sinned. We have acted corruptly toward You and have not kept the commands, statutes, and ordinances You gave Your servant Moses.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » David

2 Samuel 24:10

David's conscience troubled him after he had taken a census of the troops. He said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I've done. Now, Lord, because I've been very foolish, please take away Your servant's guilt."

Confession of sin » Exemplified » saul

1 Samuel 15:24

Saul answered Samuel, "I have sinned. I have transgressed the Lord's command and your words. Because I was afraid of the people, I obeyed them.

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

Isaiah 64:5-6

You welcome the one who joyfully does what is right; they remember You in Your ways. But we have sinned, and You were angry; we will remain in Your ways and be saved. All of us have become like something unclean, and all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment; all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.

Confession of sin » Should be accompanied with » Restitution

Numbers 5:6-7

"Tell the Israelites: When a man or woman commits any sin against another, that person acts unfaithfully toward the Lord and is guilty. The person is to confess the sin he has committed. He is to pay full compensation, add a fifth of its value to it, and give [it] to the individual he has wronged.

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » balaam

Numbers 22:34

Balaam said to the Angel of the Lord, "I have sinned, for I did not know that You were standing in the path to confront me. And now, if it is evil in Your sight, I will go back."

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Aaron

Numbers 12:11

and said to Moses, "My lord, please don't hold against us this sin we have so foolishly committed.

Confession of sin » Examples of personal » Achan

Joshua 7:20

Achan replied to Joshua, "It is true. I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I did:

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

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Thief

Luke 23:41

We are punished justly, because we're getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong."

Confession of sin » Exemplified » Daniel

Daniel 9:4

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: Ah, Lord-the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant with those who love Him and 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

The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

Confession of sin » Exemplified » -ezra

Ezra 9:6

And I said: My God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face toward You, my God, because our iniquities are higher than [our] heads and our guilt is as high as the heavens.

Fasting » Accompanied by » Confession of sin

1 Samuel 7:6

When they gathered at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out in the Lord's presence. They fasted that day, and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the Lord." And Samuel [began to lead] the Israelites at Mizpah as [their] judge.

Nehemiah 9:1-2

On the twenty-fourth day of this month the Israelites assembled; they were fasting, [wearing] sackcloth, [and had put] dust on their heads. Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers.

Fasting » Confession of sin

1 Samuel 7:6

When they gathered at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out in the Lord's presence. They fasted that day, and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the Lord." And Samuel [began to lead] the Israelites at Mizpah as [their] judge.

Nehemiah 9:1-2

On the twenty-fourth day of this month the Israelites assembled; they were fasting, [wearing] sackcloth, [and had put] dust on their heads. Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers.

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