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Behold, I am vile: what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.-Job xÍ. 3, 4.
I acknowledged my sin unto thee; and mine iniquity have I not hid: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.Ps. xxxii. 5.
I will declare mine iniquity: I will be sorry for my sin.-Ps. xxxviii. 18.
For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight, &c.Ps. li. 3-5.
We have sinned with our fathers: we have committed iniquity, &c.Ps. cvi. 6.
Horror hath taken hold upon me, because of the wicked that forsake thy law, &c. Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law, &c. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved: because they keep not thy word.-Ps. cxix. 53.136.158. Neh. xiii. 7, 8. Jer. ix. 1, 2. Gen. xxxiv. 7. Mark iii. 5. Jer. xiii. 17. Ps. cxxxix. 21, 22.
If thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand.-Ps. cxxx. 3.
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them, shall have mercy.Prov. xxviii. 13.
Our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us, &c. In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, &c.-Isa. lix. 12, 13.
Behold thou art wrath, for we have sinned, &c. We are all as an unclean thing and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, &c.-Isa. lxiv. 5-7.
Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. Jer. ii. 35.
to fall upon you, &c. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways, &c. Jer. iii. 12, 13. 1 Sam. xii. 9, 10. If ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride, and mine eyes shall weep sore. -Jer. xiii. 17.
Go, and proclaim these words, &c. Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord: I will not cause my anger
O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee, &c. We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers for we have sinned against thee.-Jer. xiv. 7. 20.
The Lord is righteous, for I have rebelled against his commandment, &c. My heart is turned within me : for I have grievously rebelled.Lam. i. 18. 20. iii. 42.
The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us that we have sinned.— Lam. v. 16.
Paul made confession of his being a persecutor of the saints.-Acts xxii. 4, 5. 19, 20. Gal. i. 13, 14.
I rejoice not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance for ye were sorry after a godly manner (or according to God), &c. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of but the sorrow of the world worketh death, &c. Ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves; yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge ?· -2 Cor. vii.
And lest when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, &c.-2 Cor. xii. 21.
Many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you weeping, that they are the enemies, &c. Phil. iii. 18.
Delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked; for that righteous man dwelling ́amongst them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds. 2 Pet. ii. 7, 8.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.-1 John i. 8-10.
Lord, and he shall lift you up.James iv. 9, 10.
Be afflicted, mourn and weep, humble yourselves in the sight of the
III. Depart from Sin, and all Appearance of it: hate it, and avoid the Occasions of it. The Reasons thereof.
THERE shall not be found among you, &c. that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, &c. All that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord, &c. - Deut. xviii, 10-12. 14,
When Adam had sinned, he hid himself, was afraid, because naked.Gen. iii. 8. 10. Exod. xxxii. 25.
Abimelech said unto Isaac, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lain with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.-Gen. xxvi. 10, 11. xx. 2, &c.
When Joseph had been tempted to sin by Potiphar's wife, he answered her, How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? &c. And when she laid hold on him, he fled from her.-Gen. xxxix. 7-12. See the Ten Commandments. Exod. xx.
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.-Exod. xxiii. 2.
And be sure your sin will find you out.Numb. xxxii. 23. Gen. xliv. 16. Josh. vii. 1. 5. 11, 12. 24-26. Job xxxiv. 22. Ps. xliv. 20, 21. Jonah i. 4-6. 1 Kings. ii. 24, 25. 28. 31, &c.
If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall entreat for him?-1 Sam. ii. 25.
Tamar, sister of Amnon, being tempted, said, Do not thou this folly. -2 Sam. xiii. 11-13.
I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from
lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altoge
ther, &c.-Ps. cxxxix. 2-4.
Thou knowest my downsitting, and my uprising: thou understandest my thoughts afar off. Thou, &c. art acquainted with all my ways: for there is not a word in my tongue, but
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Prov. xv. 3.
By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.-Prov. xvi. 6.
With a furious man thou shalt not go, lest thou learn his ways, &c.— Prov. xxii. 24, 25.
Whosoever confesseth and forsak eth his sins, shall have mercy.— Prov. xxviii. 13.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? &c. Bring no more vain oblations, &c. Wash ye, make ye clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes: cease to do evil.-Isa. i. 11-16. Jer. vi. 19, 20.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, &c.-Isa. lv. 7.
Is not this the fast which I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness? &c.-Isa. Iviii. 6.
The Lord's hand is not shortened, &c. but your iniquities have separated between you and your God: and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear.-Isa. lix. 1, 2. Josh. vii. 11-13.
He that killeth an ox, is as if he slew a man, &c. they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.-Isa. lxvi. 3. Jer. vi. 19, 20.
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, &c. Know therefore and see, that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God. Jer. ii. 19.
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved: how long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? &c. Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee: this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.-Jer. iv. 14. 18.
Your iniquities have turned away these things and your sins have withholden good things from you. for among my people are found wicked men. Jer. v. 25, 26.
Thus saith the Lord, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, &c. for if ye thoroughly amend your ways, &c. then will I cause you to dwell in this place, &c. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, &c. and come and stand before me in this house? &c. Jer. vii. 3-5. 7—10.
ways; for why will ye die? &c.Ezek. xxxiii. 11. 14-16. 18, 19.
Seek good and not evil, that ye may live, &c. hate the evil, and love the good.-Amos v. 14, 15.
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.-Hab. i. 13.
Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, &c. Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the Lord.-Zech. i. 4.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? &c. Our old man is crucified with him, &c. that henceforth we should not serve sin, &c. Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, &c. Let not sin reign therefore in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof: neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, &c. What then? shall we sin because we
are not under the law, but under grace God forbid, &c.-Rom. vi. 1, 2. 6. 11-13. 15.
What I hate, that do I, &c. the evil which I would not, that I do.Rom. vii. 15. 19.
If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. -Rom. viii. 13.
Abhor that which is evil, &c. recompense to no man evil for evil, &c. be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.-Rom. xii. 9.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, &e. Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, &c. make not provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof. Rom. xiii. 12-14.
I would have you wise unto that which is good, but simple (or harmless) concerning evil.-Rom. xvi. 19.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God, &c. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord, &c. Flee fornication.-1 Cor. vi. 9, 10. 13. 18. Heb. xiii. 4. Eph. v. 5. 7.
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted: neither be ye idolaters, &c. neither commit fornication, &c. neither let us tempt Christ, &c. neither murmur ye, &c. Flee from idolatry. -1 Cor. x. 6-10. 14. Deut. vi. 16. Charity rejoiceth not in iniquity. -1 Cor. xiii. 6.
communion hath light with darkness? 2 Cor. vi. 14.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not, &c. The sting of death is sin. -1 Cor. xv. 34. 56.
What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
Having these promises, &c. let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, &c.-2 Cor. vii. 1. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil.-2 Cor. xiii. 7.
Ye have been called unto liberty, only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, &c. fulfil not the lusts of the flesh, &c. aldultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like, &c. they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.-Gal. v. 13. 16. 19-21.
Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole, steal no more.-Eph. iv. 26-28.
Fornication, &c. let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh saints, &c. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; but rather reprove them, &c. Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess.
Eph. v. 3. 11. 18. Col. iii. 5, 6. 8. This is the will of God, even your sanctification, &c. for God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.-1 Thess. iv. 3, 4. 7.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.-1 Thess. v. 22.
She that liveth in pleasure, is dead while she liveth, &c. Keep thyself pure.-1 Tim. v. 6. 22.
Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity: and flee also youthful lusts.-2 Tim. ii. 19. 22.