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I repented, and after that I was instructed I smote upon my thigh ; I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.-Jer. xxxi. 18, 19.

The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandments. Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress, my bowels are troubled, mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled. My sighs are many and my heart is faint.—Lam. i. 18, 20, 22.

God be merciful to me a sinner.—Luke xviii. 13.

Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.Luke xv. 18.

INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION OF SINS AGAINST OUR

NEIGHBOUR.

We are verily guilty concerning our brother in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us and we would not hear, therefore is this distress come upon us.—Gen. xlii. 21. How have I hated instruction, and my

heart despised reproof; and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear unto them that instructed me. I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Proverbs v. 12, 13, 14.

I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.-Matt. xxvii. 9.

CONGREGATIONAL CONFESSION OF THE SINS OF

THE CHURCH.

Alas, my Lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.-Numb. xii. 11.

Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the Lord hath promised; for we have sinned.-Numb. xiv. 40.

We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord.-Numb, xxi. 7.

We have sinned against the Lord, we will go up and fight, according to all that the Lord our God commands us.—Deut. i. 41.

We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim. -Judges x. 10.

We have sinned; do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only we pray thee this day.Judges x. 15.

We have sinned against the Lord.—1 Sam. vii. 6.

We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.—1 Sam. xii. 10.

We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness.—1 Kings viii. 47.

We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land. Ezra x. 2.

O remember not against us former iniquities ; let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us ; for we are brought very low-help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name, and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name sake. -Ps. lxxix. 8, 9.

We are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath we are troubled, thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance; for all our days are passed away in thy wrath ; we spend our years as a tale that is told; who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.-Ps. xc. 8, 9, 11.

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. O the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? Why shouldest thou be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that cannot save ? yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.Jer. xiv. 7, 8, 9.

We have transgressed and have rebelled, thou hast not pardoned, thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us; thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied, thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through ; thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people, all our enemies have opened their mouths against us; fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.Lam. iii. 42, 43, 44, 45, 46.

SINS OF THE NATION.

We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.—Ps. cvi. 6.

All we like sheep have gone astray ; we have turned every one to his own way.- Isaiah liii. 6.

Our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us ; for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them ; In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Isaiah lix. 12.

Behold we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel ; we lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us, for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God. -Jer. iii. 22, 25.

We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against thee, do not abhor us for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory, remember, break not thy covenant with us.—Jer. xiv. 20.

They obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do, therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them.—Jer. xxxii. 23.

Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us, consider and behold our reproach, our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens, we are

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