'Excuse' in the Bible
And all began, without exception, to excuse themselves. The first said to him, I have bought land, and I must go out and see it; I pray thee hold me for excused.
If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
Ye have long been supposing that we excuse ourselves to you: we speak before God in Christ; and all things, beloved, for your building up.