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Behold, I am vile : what shall I to fall upon you, &c. Only acknowanswer thee? I will lay mine hand ledge thine iniquity, that thou hast upon my mouth.-Job xi. 3, 4. transgressed against the Lord thy
I acknowledged my sin unto thee; God, and hast scattered thy ways, &c. and mine iniquity have I not hid: Jer, iii. 12, 13. 1 Sam. xii. 9, 10. I said, I will confess my trans- If ye will not hear it, my soul gressions unto the Lord ; and thou shall weep in secret places for your forgavest the iniquity of my sin.- pride, and mine eyes shall weep sore. Ps. xxxii. 5.
-Jer. xiii. 17. I will declare mine iniquity : I will O Lord, though our iniquities tesbe sorry for my sin.-Ps. xxxviii. 18. tify against us, do thou it for thy
For I acknowledge my transgres- name's sake : for our backslidings sions, and my sin is ever before me. are many; we have sinned against Against thee only have I sinned, and thee, &c. We acknowledge, O Lord, done this evil in thy sight, &c. our wickedness, and the iniquity of Ps. li. 3–5.
our fathers : for we have sinned We have sinned with our fathers : against thee.-Jer. xiv. 7. 20. we have committed iniquity, &c. The Lord is righteous, for I have Ps. cyi, 6.
rebelled against his commandment, Horror hath taken hold upon me, &c. My heart is turned within me: .. because of the wicked that forsake for I have grievously rebelled. — thy law, &c. Rivers of water run Lam. i. 18. 20. iii. 42. down mine eyes, because they keep The crown is fallen from our head: not thy law, &c. I beheld the trans- woe unto us that we have sinned. gressors, and was grieved : because Lam. y. 16. they keep not thy word.-Ps. cxix. Set a mark upon the foreheads of 53. 136. 158. Neh. xiii. 7, 8. Jer. ix. the men that sigh, and that cry for 1, 2. Gen. xxxiv. 7. Mark iii. 5. all the abominations that be done in Jer. xiii. 17. Ps. cxxxix. 21, 22. the midst thereof.-Ezek. ix. 4.
If thou shouldest mark iniquities, Ye shall remember your ways, &c. O Lord, who shall stand.-Ps.cxxx. 3. and ye shall loathe yourselves in your
He that covereth his sins shall not own sight, for all your evils that ye. prosper : but whoso confesseth and have committed. Ezek. XX. 43. forsaketh them, shall have mercy. xvi. 63. Prov. xxviii. 13.
I prayed unto the Lord my God, Our transgressions are multiplied and made my confession, &c. We have before thee, and our sins testify sinned and have committed iniquity, against us, &c. In transgressing and &c.—Dan. ix. 3—6.15. lying against the Lord, and departing I will go and return to my place away from our God, &c.- Isa. lix. till they acknowledge their offence, 12, 13.
and seek my face.-Hosea v. 15. Behold thou art wrath, for we have Turn ye unto me with all your sinned, &c. We are all as an unclean heart, with fasting, with weeping, thing: and all our righteousnesses are and with mourning. Rend your hearts, as filthy rags, &c.- Isa. Ixiv. 5–7. and not your garments. Joel ii.
Yet thou sayest, Because I am 12, 13. innocent, surely his anger shall turn Blessed are they that mourn, for from me. Behold, I will plead with they shall be comforted.--Matt. v. 4. thee, because thou sayest, I have not Peter remembered the words of sinned.-Jer. ii. 35.
Jesus, which said unto him, Before Go, and proclaim these words, &c. the cock crow thou shalt deny me Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith thrice: and he went out and wept the Lord : I will not cause my anger bitterly,--Matt. xxvi. 75. . ,
The prodigal .son said, I will arise Lord, and he shall lift you up. and go to my father, and I will say James iv. 9, 10. .. unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and 1. Depart from Sin, and all Apam no more worthy to be called thy pearance of it: hate it, and avoid son, &c.--Luke xv. 18, 19. 21.
the Occasions of it. The Reasons And many that believed came and thereof. confessed, and shewed their deeds.- THERE shall not be found among you, Acts xix. 18.
, &c. that useth divination, or an ob* Paul made confession of his being server of times, or an enchanter, or a persecator of the saints.-Acts xxii. a witch, or a 'charmer, or a consulter 4, 5. 19. 20. Gal. i. 13, 14.
with familiar spirits, &c. All that I rejoice not that ye were made do these things are an abomination sorry, but that ye sorrowed to re- unto the Lord, &c. - Deut. xviii. pentance : for ye were sorry after a 10–12. 14, godly manner (or according to God), When Adam had sinned, he hid &c. For godly sorrow worketh re- himself, was afraid, because naked. pentance to salvation not to be re- Gen. iii. 8. 10. Exod. xxxii. 25. pented of: but the sorrow of the Abimelech said unto Isaac, What world worketh death, &c. Ye sor- is this thou hast done unto us? one * Towed after a godly sort, what care- of the people might lightly have lain fulness it wrought in you, yea, what with thy wife, and thou shouldest clearing of yourselves; yea, what have brought guiltiness upon us. indignation, yea, what fear, yea, And Abimelech charged all his peowhat vehement desire, yea, what zeal, ple, saying, He that touches this yea, what revenge? -- 2 Cor. vii. man or his wife shall surely be put 9-11.
to death.-Gen. xxvi. 10, 11. XX. And lest when I come again, my 2, &c. God will humble me among you, and When Joseph had been tempted to that I shall bewail many which have sin by Potiphar's wife, he answered sinned already, &c.—2 Cor. xii, 21. her, How then can I do this great
Many walk, of whom I have told wickedness, and sin against God? you often, and now tell you weeping, &c. And when she laid hold on him, that they are the enemies, &e. he fled from her.-Gen. xxxix. 7-12. Phil. iii. 18. i.
See the Ten Commandments. Delivered just Lot, vexed with the Exod. xx. filthy conversation of the wicked; Thou shalt not follow a multitude for that righteous man dwelling to do evil.-Exod. xxiii. 2. . amongst them, in seeing and hearing, And be sure your sin will find you vexed his righteous soul from day to out.-Numb. xxxii. 23. Gen. xliv. day with their unlawful deeds. - 16. Josh. vii. 1. 5. 11, 12, 24-26. 2 Pet. ii. 7, 8.
Job xxxiv. 22. Ps. xliv. 20, 21. If we say we have no sin, we de- Jonah i. 4-6. 1 Kings, ü, 24, 25. ceive ourselves, and the truth is not 28. 31, &c. . . . in us. If we confess our sins, he is . If one man sin against another, faithful and just to forgive us our the judge shall judge him : but if a sins, and to cleanse us from all un- man sin against the Lord, who shall righteousness. If we say we have entreat for him ?-1 Sam. ii. 25. not sinned, we make him a liar, and Tamar, sister of Amnon, being his word is not in us.- 1 John i. tempted, said, Do not thou this folly. 8-10.
--2 Sam, xiii. 11.-13. , - Be afflicted, mourn and weep, hum. I have kept the ways of the Lord, ble yourselves in the sight of the and have not wickedly departed from
my God. I have kept myself from lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogemine iniquity.-2 Sam. xxii. 22. 24. ther, &c.-Ps. cxxxix. 2-4. • The drinking was according to the My son, if sinners entice thee, law, none did compel, but according consent thou not. If they say, Come to every man's pleasure.--Esth. i. 8. with us, &c. walk thou not in the - Job feared God, and eschewed evil. way with them. Refrain thy foot -Job i. 1. 8. .
from their path: for their feet run to To depart from evil is understand- evil. Prov. i. 10–17. ing.-Job xxviii. 28.
- Enter not into the path of the I made a covenant with mine eyes : wicked, and go not in the way of evil why then should I think upon a men: avoid it, pass not by it, turn maid? -Job xxxi. 1.
· from it, and pass away: for, &c. • Stand in awe, and sin not.-Ps.iv. 4. Prov. iv. 14-16.
For thou art not a God that hath The lips of a strange woman drop pleasure in wickedness, neither shall as an honey-comb, &c. Remove thy evil dwell with thee, &c. thou hatest way far from her, and come not nigh all workers of iniquity.-Ps. v. 4, 5. the door of her house ; lest, &c. • I kept myself from mine iniquity. Prov. v. 345. 8, &c. vi. 2. 4. 25. 29. -Ps. xviii. 23.
32, 33. vii. 5, &c. xxii. 14. xxiii. 27, ! I have hated the congregation of 28. ii. 16-18. ix. 13, &c. evil doers, &c. I will wash mine The fear of the Lord is, to hate hands in innocency, and so will I evil.-Prov. viii. 13: iii. 7. .. . compass thine altar, O Lord.-Ps. Wickedness overthroweth the sinxxvi. 5,6. ...,.' .
ner.-Prov. xii. 6. ; . ." Depart from evil, and do good. Fools make a mock at sin, &c. A Ps. xxxiv. 14. Xxxvii. 27. . wise man feareth and departeth from
He prophesied of Christ thus evil, &c. Sin is a reproach to any Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest people, (or nation).-Prov. xiv. 9. wickedness. Ps. xlv. 7. Heb. i. 8,9. 16. 34. · If I regard iniquity, in my heart, The eyes of the Lord are in every the Lord will not hear me.-Ps. xlvi. place, beholding the evil and the 18. John ix. 31.
good.-Prov. xv. 3." He will speak peace unto his peo- By the fear of the Lord men depart ple, but let them not turn again to from evil.-Prov. xvi. 6. folly.-Ps. lxxxv. 8.
With a furious man thou shalt not Holiness becomes thine house, O go, lest thou learn his ways, &c.Lord, for ever.-Ps. xciii. 5.
Prov. xxii. 24, 25. Ye that love the Lord, hate evil. · Whosoever confesseth and forsakPs. xcvii. 10.
eth his sins, shall have mercy. I will walk within my house with Prov. xxviii. 13. a perfect heart: I will set no wicked To what purpose is the multitude thing before mine eyes. ---Ps. ci. of your sacrifices unto me? &c. Bring 2, 3.
no more vain oblations, &c. Wash Thy word have I hid in my heart, ye, make ye clean, put away the evil that I might not sin against thee, &c. of your doings from before mine eyes: I have refrained my feet from every cease to do evil.-Isa. i. 11-16. evil way, &c. I hate every false way. Jer. vi. 19, 20. -Ps. cxix. 11. 101. 104.
Let the wicked forsake his way, Thou knowest my downsitting, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and my uprising: thou understandest &c.—Isa. lv. 7. my thoughts afar off. Thou, &c. art. Is not this the fast which I have acquainted with all my ways : for chosen, to loose the bands of wickedthere is not a word. in my tongue, but ness ? &c. -Isa. lviii. 6.
The Lord's hand is not shortened, ways; for why will ye die? &c.&c. but your iniquities have separa. Ezek. xxxiii. 1l. 1416. 18, 19. ted between you and your God: and Seek good and not evil, that ye may your sins have hid his face from you live, &c. hate the evil, and love the that he will not hear.-Isa. lix. 1, 2. good.-Amos v. 14, 15. Josh. vii. 11-13..
Thou art of purer eyes than to beHe that killeth an ox, is as if he hold evil, and canst not look on inislew a man, &c. they have chosen quity.--Hab. i. 13. their own ways, and their soul de- Be ye not as your fathers, unto lighteth in their abominations. Isa. whom the former prophets have cried, lxvi. 3. Jer. vi, 19, 20. : &c. Turn ye now from your evil
Thine own wickedness shall cor- ways, and from your evil doings: but rect thee, &c. Know therefore and they did not hear, nor hearken unto see, that it is an evil thing and bitter, me, saith the Lord.-Zech. i. 4. that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy W hosoever looketh on a woman to God: Jer. ii. 19.
lust after her, hath committed adulO Jerusalem, wash thine heart from tery with her already in his heart: wickedness, that thou mayest be sa- and if thy right eye offend thee, pluck ved: how long shall thy vain thoughts it out, and cast it from thee, &c. and lodge within thee? &c. Thy way if thy right hand offend thee, cut it and thy doings have procured these off.—Matt. v. 28-30. things unto thee: this is thy wicked- Behold, thou art made whole: sin ness, because it is bitter, because it no more, lest a worse thing come reacheth unto thine heart.-Jer. iv. unto thee.-John v. 14. Ps. lxxxv. 14. 18.
8. Ezra ix. 14. Your iniquities have turned away Jesus said unto the woman taken these things: and your sins have in adultery, Neither do I condemn withholden good things from you. thee: go, and sin no more, &c. Vefor among my people are found wick- rily I say unto you, whosoever comed men-Jer. v. 25, 26.
mitteth sin is the servant of sin. Thus saith the Lord, Amend your John viii. 4. 11. 34. ways and your doings, and I willThou that preachest a man should cause you to dwell in this place. not steal, dost thou steal? thou that Trust ye not in lying words, saying, sayest a man should not commit adul. The temple of the Lord, &c. for if tery, dost thou commit adultery? &c. ye thoroughly amend your ways, &c. -Rom. ii. 21, &c. then will I cause you to dwell in this Not (as some affirm that we say) place, &c. Will ye steal, murder, Let us do evil that good may come: and commit adultery, &c. and come whose damnation is just.-Rom. iii. 8. and stand before me in this house? What shall we say then? Shall we &c.-Jer. vii. 3-5. 7-10.
continue in sin, that grace may It may be that the house of Judah abound? God forbid. How shall we will hear all the evil that I purpose that are dead to sin, live any longer to do unto them, that they may return therein ? &c. Our old man is crucified every man from his cvil way, that I with him, &c. that henceforth we may forgive their iniquity and their should not serve sin, &c. Reckon ye sin.-Jer. xxxvi. 2, 3.
also yourselves to be dead indeed unto Repent and turn yourselves from sin, &c. Let not sin reign therefore all your transgressions, so iniquity in your mortal body, that ye should shall not be your ruin. · Cast away obey it in the lusts thereof: neither from you all your transgressions, &c. yield ye your members as instruments -Ezek. xviii. 30, 31.
of unrighteousness unto sin, &c. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil What then ? shall we sin because we
are not under the law, but under communion hath light with darkness ? grace God forbid, &c.—Rom. . vi. --2 Cor. vi. 14. 1, 2. 6. 11–13. 15.
Having these promises, &c. let us · What I hate, that do I, &c. the cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of evil which I would not, that I do.- the flesh and spirit, &c.—2 Cor. vii. ). Rom. vii. 15. 19.
.. Now I pray to God that ye do no If ye through the Spirit do mortify evil.—2 Cor. xiii. 7. the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Ye have been called unto liberty, -Rom. viii. 13.
only use not liberty for an occasion Abhor that which is evil, &c. re- to the flesh, &c. fulfil not the lusts compense to no man evil for evil, &c. of the flesh, &c. aldultery, fornicabe not overcome of evil, but over- tion, uncleanness, lasciviousness, come evil with good.-Rom. xii. 9. idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, 17. 21.
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, The night is far spent, the day is heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenat hand: let us therefore cast off the ness, revellings, and such like, &c. works of darkness, &e. Let us walk they which do such things shall not honestly as in the day, not in rioting inherit the kingdom of God. Gal. v. and drunkenness, not in chambering 13. 16. 19-21. and wantonness, not in strife and Be ye angry and sin not: let not envying, &c. make not provision for the sun go down upon your wrath, the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof, neither give place to the devil. Let Rom. xiii. 12-14.
him that stole, steal no more.--Eph. I would have you wise unto that iv. 26–28. . which is good, but simple (or harm- Fornication, &c. let it not be once less) concerning evil.Rom. xvi. 19. named amongst you, as becometh
Know ye not that the unrighteous saints, &c. Have no fellowship with shall not inherit the kingdom of God? the unfruitful works of darkness; but be not deceived: peither fornicators, rather reprove them, &c. Be not nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor ef- drunk with wine, wherein is excess. feminate, nor abusers of themselves --Eph, v. 3. 11. 18. Col. iii. 5, 6. 8. with mankind, nor thieves, nor cove. This is the will of God, even your tous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor sanctification, &c. for God hath not extortioners, shall inherit the king- called us unto uncleanness, but unto dom of God, &c. Now the body is holiness. -1 Thess. iv. 3, 4. 7. not for fornication, but for the Lord, Abstain from all appearance of &c. Flee fornication.- 1 Cor. vi. 9, evil.-1 Thess. v. 22. 10. 13. 18. Heb. xiji. 4. Eph. v. 5. 7. She that liveth in pleasure, is dead
Now these things were our exam- while she liveth, &c. Keep thyself ples, to the intent we should not pure.—1 Tim. v. 6. 22. lust after evil things, as they also Let every one that nameth the lusted: neither be ye idolaters, &c. name of Christ depart from iniquity: neither commit fornication, &c. nei- and flee also youthful lusts.--2 Tim. ther let us tempt Christ, &c. neither ii. 19. 22. murmur ye, &c. Flee from idolatry. The grace of God that bringeth - 1 Cor. x. 6–10. 14. Deut. vi. 16. salvation hath appeared to all men;
Charity rejoiceth not in iniquity. teaching us, that denying ungodliness -1 Cor. xiii. 6.
and worldly lusts, we should live, &c. Awake to righteousness, and sin – Titus ii. 11, 12 not, &c. The sting of death is sin. Exhort one another daily, lest any -1 Cor. xv. 34. 56.
of you be hardened through the deWhat fellowship hath righteous- ceitfulness of sin.--Heb. iii. 13. ness with unrighteousness? and what If we sin wilfully after that we